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Customers Mourn Supermarket Victims

June 5, 1999

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Supermarket customers returned to the aisles where a man embarked on a deadly shooting rampage the day before, buying bouquets along with their groceries before laying the flowers outside in tribute.

``I appreciate you coming back,″ Albertsons manager Greg McNiff told a customer leaving the store on Friday evening. ``Our employees need to see you.″

Prosecutors have charged 23-year-old Zane Floyd, a former Marine from Camp Pendleton, Calif., with killing four Albertsons workers and critically injuring a fifth with a pump-action shotgun Thursday. Investigators have not determined a motive, and believe the victims were shot at random.

Twenty-five people, including 14 employees, were in the store about two miles west of the Las Vegas Strip when the shooting began.

``It’s remarkable that we didn’t end up with more victims,″ said Las Vegas police Sgt. Kevin Manning. ``He quit because there was no one else to victimize.″

Among those who escaped were two vendors who were rushed into a walk-in cooler by a produce manager as shooting began. Police found the women hours later.

Albertsons offered counseling for its employees before reopening late Friday afternoon.

``The whole time I was in there I was shivering,″ said Drew Henry, 28, a checker who returned to the store for help. He was not working during the shooting.

Yellow police tape had been taken down outside the market on Friday, and only the makeshift memorial and TV news satellite trucks remained.

``I have no words to describe what happened here,″ said Christine Gustavson, 21, a former store employee. She placed flowers next to a sign that read: ``You’re in our prayers. Albertsons Store 611.″

Tony Marquez, 24, who said he knew Floyd from their work together as bouncers, was also perplexed as he visited the store.

``Everybody has their breaking point,″ Marquez said of Floyd. ``That was not him. It was like a total 360, a Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde thing. It doesn’t make any sense.″

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