A deer ran into the Kroger in Boone Village Saturday evening, startling customers.
Von Dan, who also goes by her American name, Brigitte, said she was shopping that evening for popsicles and salmon with her two children, Mia, 4, and Connor, 9, and her mother, Nicole Vu.
While they stood at the meat counter, Dan said she saw a large animal start galloping through the store. At first, she thought it was a German Shepherd because of its size. Dan moved to protect her kids after it came near them. But when she looked again, she realized the animal was a deer.
Dan said the deer was panicked and searching for a way out of the store. Kroger employees tried to herd the deer into a corner of the store, Dan said, but the deer escaped.
Police responded to the scene and tried to corral the deer as customers, including Dan, took video and pictures of the deer moving from aisle to aisle. Dan told Vu to keep her children behind a shopping cart while she stayed close to where the deer was.
Dan said the deer then moved toward her mother and children, but it then leaped over the meat counter, hitting its face on a scale while doing so. Dan said she could see the deer was bleeding from what looked like its nose after hitting the scale.
“We were just so sad thinking about her bleeding nose,” Dan said. “I felt the fear. She was very scared.”
A police officer tried to restrain the deer, Dan said, but it proved too strong, broke free and escaped the store before police could ever capture it.