CHESAPEAKE (US) Walmart manager Open fire Refer to fellow employees in The break The store in Virginia, room killing Six people in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in Four days, according to witnesses and police.
Police said that the gunman who apparently shot himself was dead when officers discovered him. Police said that there was no obvious motive for the shooting which left at most six people injured, one critically.
The store in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city, was busy just before the attack Tuesday night as people stocked up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a shopper told a local TV station.
Briana the employee Tyler The overnight stocking team, consisting of 15 to 20 people, had just assembled in The break There was still time to review the morning plan. She said the meeting was about to start, and a team leader said: “All right guys, we have a light night ahead of us,” when another team leader, 31-year-old Andre Bing, turned around and opened fire on the staff.
“It is by the grace of God that a bullet missed me,” Tyler said. “I saw the smoke leaving the gun, and I literally watched bodies drop. It was crazy.”
Officials said on the city’s Twitter account that three of the dead, including Bing, were found in the break room. One of the slain victims was found near the front of the store. Three others were taken to hospitals where they died of their wounds.
Walmart said in a statement that Bing was an overnight team leader and had been with the company since 2010.
At first, Tyler didn’t think the shooting was real. “It was all happening so fast. I thought it was like a test type of thing. Like, if you do have an active shooter, this is how you respond.”
Tyler, who worked with Bing just the night before, said he did not aim at anyone specific.
“He was just shooting all throughout the room. It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t look at anybody in any specific type of way.”
Tyler, who began at Walmart two months ago, said she never had a negative encounter with Bing, but others told her that he was “the manager to look out for.” She said Bing had a history of writing people up for no reason.
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A neighbor, Alicia McDuffie, said police “swarmed the whole street” in the middle of the night and forced their way into Bing’s house. Her mother. Vera McDuffie, saw officers approach Bing’s front door with a battering ram.
Mark G., Chief of Chesapeake Police Solesky Police later confirmed that Bing had a pistol and that he was carrying multiple magazines. Solesky was unable to confirm whether the victims were all employees.
Jessie Wilczewski, an employee of Norfolk television station WAVY, said that she had hidden under the table and Bing pointed his gun at it. He asked her to go home and she fled.
It was the second attack. in Virginia has had a major shooting for just over a week. Three University of Virginia footballers were killed in a shooting incident on a charter bus returning from a fieldtrip on Nov. 13. Two other students sustained injuries.
The attack on the Walmart Three days after an individual opened their eyes, they came fire Gay nightclub in Colorado, killing Five people were wounded and another 17. The country was shaken last spring by 21 deaths when a gunman stormed a primary school. in Uvalde, Texas.
Tuesday night’s shooting brought back fond memories of another shoot at a Walmart in 2019: Mexicans were targeted by a gunman fire In a store in El Paso (Texas) and 22 people were killed.
The Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University maintain a database that tracks every mass killing in America’s history back to 2006 shows that there have been 40 mass murders in the United States. in 2022. Compare that to 45 for 2019 which was the highest year. in The database is what defines a mass killing as at least four people, not counting the killer.
The mass is defined in the database killing at least four people, not counting the murderer.
The database shows that more than 25% of mass killings occurred between Oct. 21 and Nov. 21. They took place in eight states, and claimed 51 lives. Nineteen of the 11 incidents involved shootings.
The University of Virginia’s recent shooting does not appear in the database because it did not reach the threshold of four deaths, and not the shooter.
The President Joe Biden posted that he and his wife were in mourning for the families of the victims. “We mourn for those who will have empty seats at their Thanksgiving table because of these tragic events – we must take greater action.”
An emergency call to 911 regarding the shooting was made in Solesky was not able to determine how many shoppers were present, if the gunman had left or if there was a security guard.
Kimberly ShupeMother of Walmart Jalon employee JonesAccording to a reporter,, her 24-year old son was shot. in The back. He was, she said. in After being placed on a ventilator, Wednesday was able to be spoken in good condition.
Shupe stated that she heard about Jones’ shooting from a friend. Shupe went to a family reconciliation center to learn more about Jones’ whereabouts.
“If he’s not answering his phone, he’s not answering text messages and there’s a shooting at his job, you just kind of put two and two together,” Shupe stated. “It was shock at first, but ultimately, I just kept thinking, he’s going to be all right.”
Walmart in It stated that it was working with law enforcement. “focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families.”
Following the El Paso shooting, the company made an important decision in September 2019: To stop selling certain types of ammunition. We asked customers to not openly carry firearms. in These are its stores.
It has stopped selling handgun ammunition and short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the 5.56 caliber and.223 caliber. in Military-style weapons Walmart also discontinued handgun sales in Alaska.
The company stopped selling handguns in The mid-1990s in All states except Alaska. Its latest move signified its complete exit from this business and allowed it focus solely on hunting rifles, ammunition, and other related products.
Many of its stores can be found in the United States. in Hunting is a major part of rural areas Walmart Get their equipment.
Tyler’s grandfather, Richard TateHe said that he dropped off his granddaughter for her 10 p.m. shift and then parked the car before he left. in You can buy dish soap.
At first, he thought that the shots might be balloons popping. He soon realized that other customers and employees were fleeing and ran.
Tate reached for his car to call his granddaughter.
“I could tell that she was upset,” He stated. “But I could also tell that she was alive.”