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‘Didn’t say a word’: Walmart employees speak out after mass shooting

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When Brianna Tyler showed up for work Tuesday night, all she thought was a quiet shift ended in bloodshed.

Tyler, a Walmart employee in Sam’s Circle in Chesapeake, Virginia, says that when her shift begins around 10 p.m. He said he had talked about that night.

“As soon as my team said, ‘Okay, we’re going to have a bright night tonight,’ as soon as I looked up, the manager opened the door and opened fire,” Tyler recalled in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday. wasn’t aiming at anyone specifically, he literally started firing all over the break room, I’ve been hunched over and tried to crouch down, and I’ve been hit and multiple people have been shot. I saw him fall to the floor.”

Tyler said the gunman looked “directly” at her and fired, but “fortunately” missed her head “an inch or two.”

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all,” she noted. “Literally, I hadn’t even met him until that point. He came just around the corner and started shooting. The first person that came into his sight, he shot him down, The next thing you know, he just started rigging throughout the break room and he didn’t say a word.”

After killing at least six people and injuring four others, the suspect brandished a pistol and shot himself, the Chesapeake Police Department said.

Police received the first 911 call at 10:12 p.m. local time, and officers responded to the scene within two minutes. They entered the Walmart at 10:16 p.m. local time and found multiple shooting victims and suspects dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Police said the scene was declared safe by 11:20 p.m. local time.

The suspect is believed to be an employee of the store, police said.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News preliminary information indicated the suspect was an employee and possibly a manager. There are, said the source.

Tyler told ABC News that when he first started working at Walmart about two months ago, he was told by other employees, “I just had problems with someone and there was always something going on, so he should be careful.” I was the manager,” he said.

“But I don’t know anything that happened recently, so I didn’t expect it to be this level of problem,” she said. “He was a coach that everyone had something to say. [But] I never thought he would do something like this. ”

Another employee, Kevin Harper, told ABC News he was sitting in the break room after arriving early for his Tuesday night shift when he felt something was wrong. He said he heard four muffled gunshots and ran to the hangar to hide.

“I don’t know how long I’ve been hiding there,” said Harper. “At that moment, time stopped.”

Harper recalled running as fast as he could from the store employee’s entrance. On his way home, he said, he saw two people lying on the floor, including a woman covered in blood.

“I’m just praying for Walmart’s family,” he added.

According to Harper, the manager who allegedly opened fire on his co-worker was known to dull the work of certain employees. Harper said he had no issues with the manager in question, but that others had complained about him.

Chesapeake resident Terry Brown said he was shopping at Walmart the night before the gunshots were heard.

“There are no words” Brown Hampton ABC affiliate told WVEC on Tuesday night. “To see this unfold, to be a part of this, to know that this crime happened near me, and to know that I was literally in that store. It’s terrifying.”

A Walmart spokeswoman released a statement early Wednesday, saying the company was “shocked by this tragic incident at its Chesapeake, Virginia store.”

“Our prayers are with those affected, our communities, and our associates,” the spokesperson added. We are focused.”

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky described the shooting as “senseless violence.”

“This investigation is still ongoing and there is no clear motive at this time,” Solesky told reporters. “We process that scene for days.”

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West, who was unable to attend Wednesday’s press conference after testing positive for COVID-19, said in a statement he was “devastated by the senseless violence that took place in our city late last night.” announced.

“My prayers are with the victims, their families, friends, colleagues and all those affected,” West said. Chesapeake is a tight-knit community and we are all shaken by this news.Together, we will support each other throughout this time.Your prayers.”

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said in a statement earlier Wednesday that he was “in communication with law enforcement officials” and “made available all available resources as this investigation progresses.”

“The Chesapeake community and our hearts were broken this morning,” Youngkin added.

ABC News’ Luke Barr, Ike Ejiochi, Aaron Katersky, Josh Margolin, Lauren Minore, Beatrice Peterson, and Pierre Thomas contributed to this report.

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