Chesapeake, Virginia — Seven people, including the shooter, were killed in a shooting at a Walmart in Virginia on Tuesday night, police said.
Officers responding to reports of shootings in Chesapeake found several victims as they cleaned the store for about 40 minutes, Officer Leo Kosinski said in a briefing. A rescue team was dispatched to tend to the wounded.
It was the second high-profile shoot in a few days. Man opens fire at gay nightclub in Colorado Five people were killed and 17 injured late Saturday. The shooting occurred in a year when the country was rocked when gunmen attacked an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 21 people.
Tuesday’s shooting also sparked memories of another incident at Walmart in 2019. In the incident, police gunmen allegedly targeted Mexicans opened fire on a store in El Paso, killing 22 people.
Kosinski said police believe there was one shooter who was shot dead at a Virginia Walmart. He could not say how the shooter died, but he said he did not believe police opened fire.
The shooting apparently stopped when police arrived at the store in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city and bordering the seaside communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Sentara Healthcare spokesman Mike Kafka said in a text message that five Walmart patients are being treated at Norfolk General Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately clear.
Walmart tweeted early Wednesday morning that it was “shocked by this tragic event.”
Senator Mark Warner tweeted, “Disgusted by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.”
State Senator Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiment, tweeting, “I am truly heartbroken to witness America’s newest mass shooting at a Walmart in my neighborhood.”