Police spokesman gives update on Walmart shooting
Witnesses have given horrifying descriptions of the moments the shooting began inside a Walmart store in Chesapeake, saying suspect Andre Bing was “laughing” as he began “spraying bullets” in the break room.
According to officials, police have identified Mr Bing, who led an overnight team at the store, who killed six people in the mass shooting before turning the gun on himself.
When the police were called to the store at around 10.12 pm on Tuesday night, several people were killed and injured at the scene.
Six people had died in the attack and another four were hospitalized with injuries as of Wednesday morning.
Eyewitnesses have said that the gunman had “issues” with other staff members and that “the government was watching”.
In a police statement yesterday afternoon, five of the victims were named. The sixth is a minor and hence his name was not released.
A motive for the shooting is unknown, but witnesses have said they believe it was planned and that he specifically targeted co-workers.
Police released the names of five adult victims
Chesapeake Police have released the names of the adult victims of Tuesday night’s mass shooting at a local Walmart.
The sixth, a 16-year-old minor, has not been named.
Chesapeake police release names of Walmart shooting victims
One victim is a minor and therefore her identity has not been made public
What We Know About the Alleged Gunman in the Chesapeake Walmart Mass Shooting
Andre Bing, a 31-year-old from Chesapeake, is accused of opening fire before turning the gun on himself inside the break room of the store on Sam Circle around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
In a news conference hours earlier, officials confirmed that the gunman was a disgruntled male store employee.
The alleged shooter has been identified as Andre Bing. We can confirm that he was an associate of Walmart. “Andre’s position with the company was Team Lead overnight and he has been with us since 2010.”
Chief Soleski said officials would not release their identities at that time because their next of kin had not been notified.
He said it was not clear at this time whether the gunman “targeted” his victims or was shooting indiscriminately. It is believed that he was not on the police radar before Tuesday’s attack.
An online records search revealed that he had no criminal record.
A Walmart employee who survived the attack claimed the gunman had “issues” with some of his other colleagues and was “laughing” when he opened fire on his victims.
A mother with wedding plans, a father and mentor: families remember the victims
A mother with wedding plans, a mentor with a congenital brain disorder and a loving father. This is what families and friends of the victims of the Walmart shooting describe
Kelly Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake, was remembered as a generous and kind person, a single mother who had plans to marry Gwendolyn Bowe Baker Spencer in the near future. “We love him,” Ms. Spencer said.
“She was going to marry my son next year. She was a wonderful, kind person – yes she was. Ms. Spencer said Pyle had adult children in Kentucky who would be traveling to Virginia in the wake of the tragedy.
Another victim, Brian Pendleton, 38, was born with a congenital brain disorder and made sure to be punctual. Although his shift as a custodian began at 10.30 a.m., he was in the break room when the shooting began after 10 p.m., according to his mother, Michelle Johnson.
“He always came to work early, so he was on time for work,” she told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “He liked his co-workers.”
Pendleton recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary working at the store.
The mother of Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake, said in a Facebook post: “Missing my baby right now, life is not the same without my son.” Linda Gamble said, “He just kept being himself and doing his job.” “He was the quietest person in the family.”
Another victim, Randy Blevins, was a longtime member of the store’s team that set prices and arranged merchandise, The New York Times reports.
Former coworker Shoundraya Reese, who said she worked at the store between 2015 and 2018, referred to Blevins affectionately as “Mr. Randy.”
She said that the overnight crew at the store was “a family” and that the employees depended on each other.
One of the young victims of the shooting was Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth. A makeshift memorial for Johnson was placed in a grassy area outside the Walmart, bearing the words “Our hearts are with you” and a basket of flowers.
‘Blood-soaked door’: Witnesses tell story of horrific shooting
Employees at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, have recounted their harrowing experiences when their routine team meeting in the break room turned into a massacre that left six people dead.
Jessie Wilczewski said her Tuesday night shift started as normal, but shortly after it began she noticed her team leader brandishing a gun to her forehead after shooting her co-workers.
“It’s horrible because it doesn’t stop. It doesn’t stop replaying when you leave the scene, it doesn’t stop hurting as much, it doesn’t stop,” Ms Wilczewski told CNN.
She said she hid under a table but the gunman asked her to come out and “the gun was pointed at my forehead.”
“I got up really slow and I tried not to look at everybody on the ground … and I had to touch the door that was covered (in blood) and I went out the double doors where you go into Walmart.” corridors and … I just remember grabbing my backpack and thinking, ‘If he’s going to shoot me in the back, he’s going to have to try really hard because I’m running,’ and I done,” she said. “I booked it and I didn’t stop until I got to my car and then I had a meltdown.”
Another employee, Donna Priolue, wrote on Facebook: “I just watched 3 of my co-workers/friends get killed in front of me,
“Andre killed them in cold blood… I can’t ignore what happened in that break room.”
Before: Andre Bing named as suspect in mass shooting
The gunman who allegedly turned his gun on himself after killing six victims inside a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, has now been identified as a night manager at the store.
Rachel Sharp reports.
Walmart mass shooting suspect named 31-year-old Andre Bing
The motive for the attack is unclear, but surviving staff have revealed the 31-year-old manager had ‘issues’ with other staff members in the wake of the mass shooting.
Biden urges ‘big action’ on gun reform
President Joe Biden has urged “major action” to tackle the prevalence of firearms in the US after a gunman fatally shot six people inside a Walmart in Virginia on Tuesday night.
The violence marks the second high-profile mass shooting in the US within three days, after five people were fatally shot and more than a dozen others wounded inside an LGBT+ club in Colorado Springs.
The mass shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia, comes just days after the fatal shooting of three University of Virginia football players.
Story by Alex Woodward.
Biden urges ‘big action’ on gun reform after Chesapeake Walmart massacre
There will be more than 600 mass shootings in the US in 2022
Analysis: Why can’t America end this deadly gun violence?
You’ve run out of words and you’re out of emotion, Andrew Buncombe writes.
But along with sympathy for the victims, there are two other feelings that bubble up and won’t go away. And they are anger and resentment.
Why can’t America end this deadly gun violence?
There are 400 million firearms in the US and they are being used to kill people, a rate not seen in any other country in the world, says Andrew Buncombe
Politicians Respond to the Virginia Walmart Shooting
Lawmakers and America’s elected leaders reacted in an outpouring of condolences and anger after the second major mass shooting in a week in Virginia, days after the massacre at a Colorado LGBT bar.
The shooting provoked the same calls in American society for gun violence prevention and efforts to restrict guns that other similar tragedies also thoroughly defied the current political reality of such legislation.
The state’s Republican governor, Glen Youngkin, wrote Wednesday that he was heartbroken, but did not immediately offer any suggestions for action to deal with future mass killings.
John Bowden reports.
‘Heartbroken’: Politicians Respond to Virginia Walmart Shooting
Virginia lawmakers and national leaders respond to second serious mass shooting in a week
‘A woman was unconscious and the woman next to her was screaming’
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /