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Walmart shooter left ‘death certificate’, bought gun on day of killing

Walmart shooter left ‘death certificate’, bought gun on day of killing

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six co-workers in Virginia left behind what he called a “death note” on his phone in which he apologized for what he was about to do while blaming others for mocking him.

“I’m sorry everyone, but I didn’t plan this, I promise things fell into place like satan was guiding me,” Andre Bing wrote in a message left on his phone, Chesapeake police said Friday.

Police also said the gun, a 9mm handgun, was legally purchased the morning after the shooting and that Bing had no criminal record.

The note has been slightly redacted to eliminate the names of specific people he mentioned.

He claimed he was “bullied by idiots with low intelligence and a lack of wisdom” and said he was pushed to the brink of believing his phone had been hacked.

He wrote: “My only wish would be to start over and for my parents to pay more attention to my social deficit.” Bing died at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Bing co-workers who survived the shooting said he was difficult and known for being hostile toward employees. One survivor said Bing appeared to target people and shoot some victims after they had already been hit.

Jessica Wilczewski said workers had gathered in the store’s break room to start their night shift late Tuesday when Bing, the team leader, walked in and opened fire. While another witness described Bing as shooting wildly, Wilczewski said she noticed him targeting certain people.

“The way he was acting — he was going hunting,” Wilczewski told The Associated Press on Thursday. “The way he looked at people’s faces and the way he did what he did, he chose people.”

She said she saw him shoot people who were already on the ground.

“What I do know is that he made sure the one he wanted was dead,” she said. “He came back and shot the bodies that were already dead. To be sure.”

Wilczewski said she had only worked at the store for five days and did not know who Bing was getting along with or had problems with. She said she might have been spared being a new hire.

She said that after the shooting started, a colleague sitting next to her pulled her under the table to hide. She said at one point Bing told her to get out from under the table. But when he saw who she was, he said to her, “Jessie, go home.” She said she slowly got up and then ran out of the store.

Former co-workers and residents of Chesapeake, a city of about 250,000 near the Virginia coast, struggle to make sense of the rampage.

Bing’s obituary sometimes stretches across 11 paragraphs, with references to unconventional cancer treatments and songwriting. He pales in comparison to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, saying, “I would never kill anyone who came into my home.”

And he longs for a woman, but says he didn’t deserve her.

“I was actually one of the most beloved people in the world if you met me,” he wrote.

Some who worked with Bing, 31, said he had a reputation as an aggressive, if not hostile, supervisor who once admitted to having “anger issues.” But he could also make people laugh and seemed to cope with the typical job stress that many people suffer.

“I don’t think he had a lot of people to lean on in his personal life,” said Nathan Sinclair, who worked at Walmart for nearly a year before leaving earlier this month.

During a chat among colleagues, “We’d be like ‘work is taking my life.’ And (Bing) would be like, ‘Yeah, I don’t have a social life anyway,'” Sinclair recalled Thursday.

Sinclair said he and Bing did not get along. Bing was known for being “verbally hostile” to employees and was not particularly well-liked, Sinclair said. But there were times when Bing was ridiculed and not necessarily treated fairly.

Police identified the victims as Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; and Randy Blevins, 70, all of Chesapeake; and Tyneka Johnson, 22, from nearby Portsmouth. Among the dead was a 16-year-old boy whose name has not been released due to his age, police said.

A Walmart spokesperson confirmed in an email that all of the victims worked for the company.

The other two who were shot remained in hospital, police said Friday. One is still in critical condition and the other is in fairly good condition.

Another Walmart employee, Briana Tyler, said Bing fired randomly.

“He was just shooting all over the room. It didn’t matter who he hit,” Tyler told the AP on Wednesday.

Six people were also wounded in the shooting, which happened shortly after 10 p.m. as shoppers stocked up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Police said they believe there were about 50 people in the store at the time.

Bing was identified as an overnight team leader who had been a Walmart employee since 2010. Police said he had one handgun and several magazines of ammunition.

Tyler said the night socks team of 15 to 20 people had just gathered in the break room to go over the morning’s plan. Another team leader began speaking when Bing entered the room and opened fire, Tyler and Wiczewski said.

Tyler, who started working at Walmart two months ago and had worked with Bing just the night before, said she’s never had a negative encounter with him, but others have told her he’s “a manager to watch out for.” She said Bing had a history of writing people for no reason.

The attack was the second major shooting in Virginia this month. Three University of Virginia football players were killed on a bus on Nov. 13 while returning from a field trip. Two more students were wounded.

The Walmart shooting also came days after a man opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado — killing five and wounding 17. Tuesday night’s shooting brought to mind another attack on Walmart in 2019, when a gunman gunman kills 23 at grocery store in El Paso, Texas.

Wilczewski, who survived Tuesday’s shooting in Virginia, said she tried but couldn’t bring herself to visit the memorial in the store’s parking lot Wednesday.

“I wrote a letter and I wanted to post it out there,” she said. “I wrote to those I watched die. And I said I was sorry I wasn’t louder. I’m sorry you couldn’t feel my touch. But you were not alone.”

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Barakat reported from Falls Church, Virginia. Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Chesapeake and news researchers Rhonda Shafner and Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this report.



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