Six individuals killed by supervisor at Chesapeake, Virginia, retailer; suspect additionally useless

A supervisor at a Walmart retailer in Chesapeake, Virginia, opened fireplace inside the shop Tuesday night, killing six individuals and hurting a minimum of six extra on the retail outlet earlier than turning the gun on himself, officers stated Wednesday.

One of many deceased victims was recognized by her household as Tyneka Johnson, 22, CBS Information Justice and Homeland Safety reporter Nicole Sganga experiences. Johnson had solely labored for Walmart for a few months and was saving up for her first automotive and condominium.

In an announcement, Walmart recognized the gunman as Andre Bing. His place was “in a single day group lead” and he began working for Walmart in 2010, the corporate stated. Metropolis officers said the gunman was 31 years outdated and that he was armed with a handgun and a number of magazines.

Walmart employee Briana Tyler instructed the Related Press the taking pictures occurred within the retailer’s break room. Between 15 and 20 individuals on the in a single day stocking group had been within the room for a gathering when her supervisor opened fireplace, Tyler stated.

“It’s by the grace of God {that a} bullet missed me,” Tyler instructed the AP. “I noticed the smoke leaving the gun, and I actually watched our bodies drop. It was loopy.”

She instructed the information service the taking pictures unfolded shortly and the gunman did not seem like concentrating on particular individuals.

“He was simply taking pictures all all through the room,” Tyler stated. “It did not matter who he hit. He did not say something. He did not take a look at anyone in any particular kind of method.”

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

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Officers had been dispatched to an lively risk scenario on the Walmart Supercenter at 10:12 p.m. native time, Chesapeake police spokesperson Leo Kosinski instructed reporters on the scene Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, Police Chief Mark Solesky stated officers had been on the scene inside two minutes, entered the shop two minutes after that and inside nearly an hour that they had cleared the shop and positioned all the victims.

Two victims and the gunman had been discovered useless within the break room, metropolis officers said Wednesday afternoon. One other sufferer was discovered useless towards the entrance of the shop. Three died at space hospitals.

No less than six different individuals had been receiving remedy at hospitals, and one was in essential situation, the town said

Police weren’t looking for anybody else in reference to the taking pictures.

Solesky stated the gunman died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound. He stated a pistol was used within the taking pictures.

The FBI’s workplace in Norfolk, Virginia, confirmed that the company was offering help to the Chesapeake Police Division, which was the lead company on the investigation.

The taking pictures occurred inside the shop, Kosinksi stated Tuesday night. In line with Walmart’s web site, the shop was open to clients on the time of the taking pictures.


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A person who stated he was a client described the scene in cellphone video, CBS Information chief nationwide affairs and Justice correspondent Jeff Pegues experiences.

“We heard a number of pictures inside … and all ran out,” Jeromy Basham stated. “There was an individual down that is nonetheless down out entrance.”

One other man stated in a video he was among the many Walmart workers inside the shop when the taking pictures started, Pegues experiences.

“I actually walked out the break room, proper? And as quickly as, in all probability about, no later than 5 minutes” there have been gunshots, Kevin Harper stated.

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

West instructed CBS Information that fascinated about how to answer mass shootings has grow to be a part of the job for metropolis leaders all through the nation.

“The primary feeling was nothing however dread as a result of right here it was, I knew what we would be having to face and what these poor households are going to be going through for years to return,” West stated.


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Chesapeake is positioned in southern Virginia’s coastal Hampton Roads area, which incorporates the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Seashore.

Kosinksi stated a “reunification web site” was established on the Chesapeake Convention Heart, which a metropolis Twitter account stated was “for instant relations or the emergency contact of those that might have been within the constructing.”

The incident was the second main mass taking pictures within the U.S. in simply the previous few days. 5 individuals had been killed and one other 17 wounded when a suspect opened fireplace in an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, within the early morning hours Sunday.

“Sickened by experiences of one more mass taking pictures, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake,” Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia tweeted early Wednesday morning. 

Virginia’s new Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, additionally weighed in, saying: “Our hearts break with the neighborhood of Chesapeake this morning,” in a tweet and including that “heinous acts of violence haven’t any place in our communities.”

Walmart supplied an announcement saying the corporate was “shocked at this tragic occasion” and “praying for these impacted, the neighborhood and our associates.”

The retail large stated it was “working intently with legislation enforcement, and we’re targeted on supporting our associates.”

Virginia state Senator Louise Lucas, a Democrat who represents the Chesapeake area that encompasses Chesapeake, stated in a tweet that she was “heartbroken that America’s newest mass taking pictures befell in a Walmart in my district.”

“I can’t relaxation till we discover the options to finish this gun violence epidemic in our nation that has taken so many lives,” she stated.

“Tragically, our neighborhood is affected by one more incident of mindless gun violence simply as households are gathering for Thanksgiving,” stated U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia.  

In line with information compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, there have been greater than 600 mass shootings in the US this yr, with a minimum of 36 leading to fatalities.

A criminologist at Northeastern College in Boston, Alan Fox, who has compiled information on shootings within the U.S. for many years, reported the identical determine, which he stated had made 2022 a file yr for such assaults even previous to the incident on the Walmart in Chesapeake.

“I have been learning mass killings for over 40 years and I’m fairly assured that there has by no means been a yr the place we have had so many,” stated Fox in an article revealed Monday by Northeastern, within the wake of the Colorado taking pictures.

Fox famous “an unprecedented surge” because the starting of October alone, throughout which period he stated there had been 13 deadly mass shootings.

“That is a mean of about two mass shootings per week,” Fox stated.

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