Authorities say that six people were killed in a mass shooting at Walmart on Battlefield Blvd. In Chesapeake, Virginia.
According to the police, the perpetrator also committed suicide.
According to WAVY, the gunfire began at the rear of the establishment, as reported by a store employee who was working at that moment. The incident resulted in numerous fatalities and casualties within the premises where the shooting transpired. Furthermore, authorities discovered a deceased individual near the main entrance.
The shooting was reported when I arrived at the Walmart Supercenter on Tuesday at 10:12 p.M., As I had just finished my night shift and checked in recently. The store was still open to the public.
Walmart officials confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Andre Bing, a Walmart employee who worked as a team lead during the overnight shift, was the shooter. During an 8 a.M. News conference held by Chesapeake to provide updates on the investigation, Police Chief Mark Solesky verified that the individual who carried out the attack was indeed an employee at the store. He utilized a handgun.
Please refer to the complete statement from Walmart below:
While details of the tragic incident in our Chesapeake, Virginia store are still emerging, authorities have confirmed multiple fatalities. We are focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families at this time. The alleged shooter has been identified as Andre Bing. We can confirm that he was a Walmart associate. Andre’s position with the company was overnight team lead and he’s been employed with us since 2010. We are thankful for the local first responders and will continue to work with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation.
Six people have died from their injuries, as reported by Solesky. It is believed that the attacker died from a wound they inflicted on themselves.
Two patients were treated and later died, with one patient listed in good condition and the remaining two in critical condition. There were a total of five patients treated at the trauma center, which is the closest level 1 facility to Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, according to spokesperson A.
A Chesapeake Regional spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that they provided medical care to five individuals injured in the shooting that occurred on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, one of the patients succumbed to their injuries, while the remaining four have been discharged from the hospital, as confirmed by 10 On Your Side.
The 16-year-old male, who has not been named by authorities due to his status as a minor, was the sixth individual to be victimized. On Wednesday evening, law enforcement officials successfully identified five out of the six victims.
Portsmouth’s Johnson Tyneka, aged 22, and Chesapeake’s Gamble Lorenzo, aged 43, along with Chesapeake’s Pyle Kellie, aged 52, Chesapeake’s Blevins Randy, aged 70, and Chesapeake’s Pendleton Brian, aged 38, have been recognized as the victims.
KaMaria Braye from 10 On Your Side interviewed a Walmart staff member who observed the incident.
According to the witness, the gunfire started while there were 14 workers gathered in a conference room, awaiting instructions for their tasks of the day.
The witness told the suspect that she believes the shooting was planned by other managers at Walmart and pointed out that she heard laughing on the suspect’s side.
According to Kosinski, law enforcement authorities continued to discover individuals who had been harmed for approximately 30 to 45 minutes after entering the establishment and receiving the emergency notification. During the inquiry, the ATF in Washington announced via Twitter shortly after midnight that they were also en route to provide assistance. Chesapeake received support from FBI agents and Virginia Beach police officers who promptly responded to the incident, resulting in a significant deployment of law enforcement personnel outside of the store.
The Chesapeake Conference Center was established as a gathering place for store staff and their families.
Employees also gathered at Club Sam’s nearby where the attendance was taken. Brett Hall, who works the night shift at WAVY, spoke and expressed gratitude, saying “I showed up late, thank goodness.”
Following the incident, he was in good physical condition. The mother of a staff member stated that she heard the gunshots while conversing with her child on the telephone.
In the meantime, a team member who claimed to be inside the store at that time informed WAVY that a young employee was harmed by gunshots.
We are dedicated to assisting our colleagues, and we collaborate closely with law enforcement agencies. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals in our community who have been affected. We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred at our Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia. On Wednesday morning, we released a statement expressing our condolences.
Many former and current employees of Walmart, who spoke with WAVY, were left shocked by the shooting at the store. They felt that the store was like a home.
The former employee at the store mentioned that it was Wednesday morning.
On the morning of Wednesday, outside Norfolk General, Craig Loper from WAVY interviewed Debra Hazlett, whose brother was among the individuals injured in the shooting incident. He had been wounded and informed his family about the incident at approximately 10:18 p.M. The individual, who has been employed at the Chesapeake Walmart for approximately two decades, finds solace in the fact that he has been able to communicate. He sustained the gunshot wound shortly after starting his shift, which lasted only 10 minutes.
During this holiday season, I want to let everyone know that I am praying for the hearts of those in Chesapeake, Virginia. I am thankful for my life, my family, and everything that I have. I didn’t get caught up in the chaos at Walmart on Saturday night, but my heart breaks for those families who have suffered losses. I send my condolences to them. It’s been years since I’ve been back to my neighborhood in Chesapeake, and it’s heartbreaking to see what happened right down the street from my home. “Live from Chesapeake, Comedian Jay Pharoah wrote: Saturday Night Live.”
Tonight, a Walmart in my district in Chesapeake, Virginia, witnessed the most recent mass shooting in America. Virginia state Senator Louise Lucas, who represents that specific area of Chesapeake, expressed her profound sadness in a statement on Tuesday night. She underscored her unwavering commitment to continue striving for solutions to put an end to this widespread gun violence crisis in our nation, which has tragically taken many lives.