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Six killed by manager at Chesapeake, Virginia convenience store; suspect also dead

Six killed by manager at Chesapeake, Virginia convenience store;  suspect also dead

Six killed by manager at Chesapeake, Virginia convenience store; suspect also dead

A Walmart store manager in Chesapeake, Virginia, opened fire in the store on Tuesday night, killing six people and wounding at least six others inside the retailer before turning the gun on himself, officials said Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to an active threat situation at the Walmart Supercenter at 10:12 p.m. local time, Chesapeake Police spokesman Leo Kosinski told reporters at the scene Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, Police Chief Mark Solesky said officers were on the scene within two minutes, entered the store two minutes after that and cleared the store and located all the victims within just an hour.

Two victims and the gunman were found dead in a break room, city officials said he said Wednesday afternoon. Another victim was found dead outside the store. Three died in area hospitals.

In a statement, Walmart identified the gunman as Andre Bing. His position was an “overnight team leader” and he started working for Walmart in 2010, the company said. City officials he said the attacker was 31 years old and was armed with a gun and several bullets.

Solesky said the gunman died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting.

Walmart worker Briana Tyler told The Associated Press that the shooting happened in the store’s break room. Between 15 and 20 people from the night socks team were in the meeting room when her manager opened fire, Tyler said.

“By the grace of God the bullet missed,” Tyler told the AP. “I saw smoke coming out of the gun, and I literally watched the bodies fall. It was crazy.”

She told the news service that the shooting happened quickly and that the gunman did not appear to be targeting specific people. City officials said ua statement the attacker was dressed in civilian clothes and was not wearing any type of body armor.

“He was just shooting all over the room,” Tyler said. “It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t look at anybody in any way.”

Police work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart on November 23, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Police work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart on November 23, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.

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

At least six more people are being treated in hospitals in the city he said. Two patients at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital are in critical condition, Dr. Michael Hooper, the hospital’s chief medical officer.

Johnson had only worked at Walmart for a few months and was saving for her first car and an apartment, CBS News Justice and Homeland Security reporter Nicole Sganga reports. James Pendleton said in a statement that his brother Brian “had a big heart for anyone in need” and “would literally give the shirt off his back to someone who needed it more than him.”

“The City of Chesapeake has always been known as the ‘City that Cares,’ and now, more than ever, we know our city will step up and care for those who need it most,” the city said in a statement Wednesday night. “Please join us in praying for the family and friends of these community members we have lost.”

The FBI’s Norfolk, Virginia office confirmed the agency was assisting the Chesapeake Police Department, which was the lead agency in the investigation.


A mass shooting at a Walmart in Virginia left seven dead, including the gunman

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A man who said he was the customer described the scene mobile phone videoCBS News Chief of National Affairs and Justice Correspondent Jeff Pegues reports.

“We heard a couple of shots inside … and everybody ran out,” Jeromy Basham said. “There was a person down there who is still in front.”

Another man said in the video that he was among the Walmart employees in the store when the shooting started, Pegues reported.

“I literally walked out of the break room, right? And as soon as, probably no later than five minutes,” the shots rang out, Kevin Harper said.

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

West told CBS News that thinking about how to respond to mass shootings has become part of the job for city leaders across the country.

“The first feeling was nothing but fear because there it was, I knew what we were going to have to face and what these poor families were going to face for years to come,” West said.


Chesapeake’s mayor believes a “disgruntled employee” fired the mass shooter

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

Kosinksi said a “reunification site” has been set up at the Chesapeake Conference Center, which the city’s Twitter account said is “for immediate family members or emergency contact of those who may have been in the building.”

The incident is the second major mass shooting in the US in recent days. Five people killed, and another 17 wounded when a suspect opened fire at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., early Sunday morning.

“Disgusted 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 Chesapeake community this morning,” in a tweet, adding that “heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities.”

In a statement, Walmart said the company was “shocked by this tragic event” and was “praying for those affected, the community and our associates.”

The retail giant said it is “working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates.”

Virginia State Senator Lillie Louise Lucasa Democrat who represents the Chesapeake region that includes the Chesapeake, said u tweet that she was “heartbroken that the latest mass shooting in America happened at a Walmart in my county.”


Virginia senator calls for gun reform after Walmart shooting

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

“Tragically, our community suffers another incident of senseless gun violence just as families gather for Thanksgiving,” said U.S. Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia.

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

Boston’s Northeastern University criminologist Alan Fox, who has been collecting data on US shootings for decades, released the same figure, which he said made 2022 a record year for such attacks even before the Chesapeake Walmart incident. .

“I’ve been studying mass killings for over 40 years and I’m quite convinced that there’s never been a year where we’ve had so many,” Fox said in an article published Monday by Northeasternafter the Colorado shooting.

Fox noted an “unprecedented surge” since the start of October alone, during which it said there have been 13 fatal mass shootings.

“That’s an average of about two mass shootings a week,” Fox said.





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