“Multiple fatalities” in shooting at Virginia Walmart, police say

“Multiple fatalities” in shooting at Virginia Walmart, police say

A manager at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake opened fire Tuesday evening, killing six and injuring six more, before turning the gun on his own. Officials said Wednesday that they were dispatched to the scene at :

Officers were dispatched to an active threat situation at the Walmart Supercenter at 10: 12 p.m. local time, Chesapeake police spokesperson Leo Kosinski told reporters at the scene Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning, Police Chief Mark Solesky stated that officers arrived on the scene in two minutes. They entered the store within about an hour and found all the victims.

Two victims and the gunman were found dead in the break room, city officials said Wednesday afternoon. A second victim was found near the front of the store. Three of the victims died in local hospitals. Walmart identified the gunman in a statement as Andre Bing. His position was “overnight team lead” and he started working for Walmart in 2010, the company said. City officials said the gunman was 31 years old and that he was armed with a handgun and multiple magazines.

Solesky stated that the gunman died from a gunshot wound he had self-inflicted. The shooting was not being investigated by police. Walmart worker Briana said to the Associated Press that the shooting took place in the store’s breakroom. Between 15 and 20 people on the overnight stocking team were in the room for a meeting when her manager opened fire, Tyler said. Tyler said to the AP that a bullet did not miss her. “I could see smoke coming from the gun and watched bodies fall. It was unbelievable. “

She said that the shooting took place quickly and that the gunman did not appear to be targeting any specific people. City officials said in a statement the gunman was dressed in civilian clothing and not wearing any type of body armor.

“He was shooting throughout the room,” Tyler stated. “It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say any. He didn’t look at anyone in any particular way. “

Law enforcement work the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Nov. 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Law enforcement work the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Nov. 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Two of the deceased victims were identified by family members as Tyneka Johnson, 22, and Brian Pendleton, 39. Wednesday night, the city of Chesapeake identified three remaining adult victims as Lorenzo Gamble and Kellie Pyle. Randall Blevins was also named. The identity of the sixth victim, a 16-year-old boy, was withheld because he was a minor, the city said.

At least six other people were receiving treatment at hospitals, the city said. Dr. Michael Hooper was the hospital’s chief physician. He said that two patients at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital had been declared critical.

Johnson was only a Walmart employee for a few months and was currently saving for her first car and apartment. Nicole Sganga, CBS News Justice and Homeland Security reporter, reports. James Pendleton stated that his brother Brian had a big heart and would give his shirt to anyone who needed it.

“The City of Chesapeake is known for being the “City That Cares” and, now more than ever, the city stated in a Wednesday night statement. We ask that you join us in praying to the loved ones of those who have been lost. The FBI’s Norfolk office confirmed that the agency was providing support to the Chesapeake Police Department which was the lead agency in the investigation.

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A man who said he was a shopper described the scene in cellphone video, CBS News chief national affairs and Justice correspondent Jeff Pegues reports.

” We heard several shots inside… but all fled,” Jeromy Basham stated. “There was a person still down at the front. “

Another man said in a video he was among the Walmart employees inside the store when the shooting began, Pegues reports.

” I literally walked out of the break room. Kevin Harper stated that gunshots occurred “as soon as, probably around, no later than five minute”

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West released a statement early Wednesday morning saying he was “devastated by the senseless act of violence” and lauding first responders.

West said that city leaders across the country have to think about how to respond in mass shootings.

“I felt nothing but dread when I saw what we were going to face and what the poor families will be facing for many years to come,” West stated.

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Chesapeake is located in southern Virginia’s coastal Hampton Roads region, which includes the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Kosinksi said a “reunification site” was established at the Chesapeake Conference Center, which a city Twitter account said was “for immediate family members or the emergency contact of those who may have been in the building. This was the second mass shooting in the United States in the past few days. Five people were killed and another 17 wounded when a suspect opened fire in an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the early morning hours Sunday.

Sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake. I will be closely monitoring developments.

In the meantime, I urge everyone in the community not to get involved in the scene and to listen to local law enforcement.

— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) November 23, 2022

“Sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake,” Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia tweeted early Wednesday morning.

Virginia’s new Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, also weighed in, saying: “Our hearts break with the community of Chesapeake this morning,” in a tweet and adding that “heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities. “

Our hearts break with the community of Chesapeake this morning. I have been in constant contact with law enforcement officials throughout the morning and made available any resources as the investigation progresses. We cannot tolerate violence and other inhuman acts of violence in our communities.

— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) November 23, 2022

In its statement, Walmart said the company was “shocked at this tragic event” and “praying for those impacted, the community and our associates. The retail giant stated that it was “working closely to law enforcement, but we are focusing on supporting our associates. “

Virginia state Senator Lillie Louise Lucas, a Democrat who represents the Chesapeake region that encompasses Chesapeake, said in a tweet that she was “heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district. “

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“I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country that has taken so many lives,” she said.

“Tragically, our community is suffering from yet another incident of senseless gun violence just as families are gathering for Thanksgiving,” said U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia.

Tragically, our community is suffering from yet another incident of senseless gun violence just as families are gathering for Thanksgiving. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of gun violence and their families. https://t.co/4zQ4YFuPbb

— Rep. Bobby Scott (@BobbyScott) November 23, 2022

According to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, there have been more than 600 mass shootings in the United States this year, with at least 36 resulting in fatalities.

A criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, Alan Fox, who has compiled data on shootings in the U.S. for decades, reported the same figure, which he said had made 2022 a record year for such attacks even prior to the incident at the Walmart in Chesapeake.

“I’ve been studying mass killings for over 40 years and I am quite confident that there has never been a year where we’ve had so many,” said Fox in an article published Monday by Northeastern, in the wake of the Colorado shooting.

Fox noted “an unprecedented surge” since the beginning of October alone, during which time he said there had been 13 fatal mass shootings. Fox stated that there are an average of two mass shootings per week.

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