Chesapeake, Virginia — After a normal workday turned deadly at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, survivors and investigators spent their Thanksgiving break when an employee opened fire on a co-worker, killing six and fatally. He pointed the gun at himself.
Officials said the manager opened fire with a handgun in the break room just after 10 p.m. as the workers were getting ready for the night shift.
Authorities have arrested Randy Blevins, 70, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, Tineka Johnson, 22, Brian Pendleton, 38, Kelly Pyle, 52, and a 16-year-old boy, who was underage. identified by name not disclosed).
According to Dr. Michael Hooper, chief medical officer of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, four people with gunshot wounds remained in the hospital the night before Thanksgiving, at least two of them in critical condition.
Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said in a video message Wednesday, “I know and know this community well. I know that together we will reach out to the families of the victims.”
Mass shootings are yet another example of how horrific gun violence upends the lives of Americans in the most traditional settings, the ones they witness as they grieve the loss of loved ones and survivors. As the long journey of processing those emotions begins, the question remains of what led to the murder.
Doña Priorau was inside the employee break room when the shooter began firing at his colleagues.
“We don’t know what made him so,” said Prioru. “None of us can understand why it happened.”
The shooter was identified as André Bing, who worked as a “team leader” through the night. The 31-year-old man said he had worked at Walmart since 2010, according to the company.
Bing shot three of Prioleu’s friends.
Two of the murdered victims and the shooter were found in a break room, another was found in front of a store, and three others died in hospital, Chesapeake City officials said. Authorities are trying to determine the exact number of injured as people may have been taken to hospital.
Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said Wednesday the motive for the shooting remained unclear.
Tuesday’s riots were at least the third mass shooting in Virginia this month. Gun Violence Archivesand against a backdrop of grief, with loved ones lost or injured in shootings, many people across the country endure this Thanksgiving.
A 22-year-old student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, just 170 miles west of the Chesapeake, opened fire on fellow students on November 13 on a bus returning to campus from a field trip to Washington, DC, killing three of them. allegedly murdered.
Last weekend, a 22-year-old man shot dead five people and injured 19 at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
There have been more than 600 mass shootings in the United States so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Both the nonprofit and CNN define a mass shooting as when four or more of him are shot, not including the perpetrator.
“I stayed so that they would not be alone”
In Chesapeake, the terror began an hour before closing time on a busy holiday shopping day.
Recently hired Jessie Wilczewski told CNN that while attending a regularly scheduled meeting in the break room, she saw a shooter in the doorway.
At first, she didn’t believe what she was seeing was real, but then she said her heart was pounding and her ears were ringing when a torrent of gunfire erupted. “It didn’t feel real,” she said, until the sound of the shot echoed in her chest.
Wilczewski hid under a table while the gunman walked down a nearby corridor. She could see some of her colleagues lying on the floor or lying in chairs – all motionless and some likely dead, she said. She didn’t want them alone so she stayed.
“I could have run out that door…and I stayed. I stayed so they wouldn’t be alone in the last minute,” Wilczewski said in a message to the families of two victims. I said.
When the shooter returned to the break room, he told her to get out from under the table and go home.
“I had to touch the[blood]covered door,” she said. “I remember clutching my bag and thinking, ‘If he’s going to shoot me in the back, he’s going to have to try really hard because I’m running.’ I didn’t stop until I got to the car and then I had a meltdown.”
Another new employee, Brianna Tyler, had just started her shift when the shooting happened.
“Suddenly, pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa “Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa” “It wasn’t a break to where you could actually try to handle it.”
According to Tyler, the shooter had “a blank stare on his face” as he looked around the room and shot people.
“Some people were just lying on the floor,” she said. “Everyone was screaming and gasping. Yes, he then left and walked around the store and kept shooting.”
What we know about the suspect
The shooter has displayed some disturbing behavior in the past, other employees said.
Shaundrayia Reese, who worked with Shooter from 2015 to 2018, described him as a lone wolf.
“He always said the government was watching him. He didn’t like social media and had black tape on his phone camera. Everyone always thought something was wrong with him. ” said Reese.
Joshua Johnson, a former mechanic at the store, said the shooter made ominous threats if he lost his job.
“He said he would retaliate if he got fired and that people would remember who he was.
Neither Johnson nor Reese reported any concerns about Bing to management, they said.
In a statement, Walmart said it was cooperating with local law enforcement in the investigation.
Walmart President and CEO John Farner said in a statement: “I personally feel deeply about this tragedy. However, I know the shooter was a Walmart employee. “The whole Walmart family is heartbroken. Our hearts and prayers are with those affected.”
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