A disgruntled employee opened fire late Tuesday inside a Walmart where he worked in Chesapeake, Virginia, killing six and injuring several, law enforcement officials told NBC News. The shooter also died.
Chesapeake Police Officer Leo Kosinski said at a press conference that officers responded to reports of a shooting at a Walmart in Sam’s Circle and found “multiple dead and multiple injured.”
The assailant was also found dead, but Kosinski told reporters he could not say how the shooter died, but did not believe police opened fire.
Senior police and law enforcement officials confirmed to NBC News that the shooter was a Walmart employee.
Sentara Healthcare spokesperson Mike Kafka said: NBC series WAVY-TV Five patients were being treated at Norfolk General Hospital, the nearest level 1 trauma center in the area. Their conditions were not immediately clear.
In a statement posted to the city’s Twitter account, Mayor Rick W. West said, “We are devastated by the senseless violence that took place in our city late last night. Chesapeake is a tight-knit community. Yes, we are all shaken by this news.”
Walmart was open to the public at the time, officials said. The shoot took place two days before his Thanksgiving. The customer was shopping last minute during a busy holiday week.
“It’s sad. It’s a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday,” Kosinski said. “It’s an overall bad time for everyone involved. This is terrifying.”
Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., murmured On Wednesday morning, he said he was “disgusted by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.” “I am deeply saddened by the recent American shooting at my neighborhood Walmart,” he tweeted.
Walmart’s official Twitter account It also posted a statement Wednesday morning, stating: We focus on supporting our associates. ”
The Virginia shootings came three days after gunmen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and injuring 17 others. The shooting occurred in a year when the country was rocked by the death of 21 people in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Both the Federal Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI are working with the Chesapeake Police Department on the investigation. The store is safe now, but will likely be closed for a few days pending the investigation, officials added.
Chesapeake is about 11 kilometers (7 miles) south of Norfolk.