In Chesapeake, Virginia, details have emerged about six people police say were shot dead by a manager at a Walmart supercenter on Tuesday night.
The oldest deceased was 70 years old and the youngest was just 16.
“This pain is indescribable,” said Sonya, the aunt of 22-year-old victim Tyneka Johnson.
It’s a pain all too familiar to the grieving families of the recent American shootings.
“How do you know when you go to work and don’t come home? ‘ said Sonya.
All six people killed in the shooting were Walmart employees. In addition to Johnson, 70-year-old Randall Blevins, 43-year-old Lorenzo Gamble, 38-year-old Brian Pendleton, 52-year-old Kelly Pyle and an unidentified 16-year-old were shot dead.
The shooter, 31-year-old Andre Bing, fired the first shot in the break room around 10 p.m., police said.
“By the grace of God the bullet missed me,” said Walmart employee Brianna Tyler. “I literally saw the bodies fall.”
The shooter was armed with a handgun and additional ammunition, and wounded at least six people before turning the gun on himself. Bing’s motives are unknown.
The tragedy occurred while the state was still grappling with the murder of three football players at the University of Virginia. The incident was allegedly shot by a former teammate just 10 days before him.
Governor Glenn Youngkin has acknowledged concern over the continuing massacre in the Commonwealth.
“There will be time for us to respond, but today and the next few days is the time to help those who need us most,” Youngkin said.