Chesapeake, Virginia — Supervisor at WalmartAccording to eyewitnesses who were present when the shooting began, they appeared to have targeted people and fired at some of the victims after they had already been beaten to death. Jessica Wilczewski said workers gathered in the store’s break room and started the night shift late Tuesday when team leader Andre Bing walked in and opened fire with a handgun. Another witness described Bing firing wildly, but Wilczewski said he observed him targeting specific people.
“His behavior was going hunting,” Wilczewski told The Associated Press on Thursday. there was.”
She said she observed him shooting people who were already on the ground.
“All I know is that he made sure the person he wanted dead was dead,” she said. to confirm.”
Wilczewski said she had only worked at the store for five days and didn’t know who Bing was getting along with or having problems with. She said being a new employee might be the reason she survived.
She said a colleague sitting next to her pulled her under a table and hid after the shooting started. She said that at one point Bing told her to get out from under the table. She said she slowly got up and rushed out of the store.
Police are trying to determine a motive, but former colleagues are having trouble figuring out why the Chesapeake riots, a city of about 250,000 people on the coast of Virginia.
CBS News correspondent Jeff Peguez reported Thursday that the shooter’s final weeks on the job may offer insight into why he assaulted.
Several of the 31 people who worked with Bing said he had a reputation for being an aggressive if not hostile supervisor and admitted he once had an “anger problem.” rice field. But he was also able to make people laugh, and seemed to cope with the typical stress at work that many endure.
“I don’t think there were many people I could turn to in my personal life,” said Nathan Sinclair, who worked at Walmart for nearly a year.
In peer-to-peer chats, “It’s like, ‘Work is killing me,’ and (Bing) will say, ‘Yeah, I have no social life,'” Sinclair said. I reconsidered on Thursday.
Sinclair said he and Bing didn’t get along. Bing was known to be “verbally hostile” to employees, and he was not well liked, Sinclair said. However, there have been times when Bing has been teased and not always treated fairly.
“I don’t know what he was thinking…I don’t know if anyone really doesn’t have some kind of support group,” Sinclair said.
After all, Bing seemed normal to Janice Strausburg, who knew she worked at Walmart for 13 years before retiring in June.
Bing could be “grumpy,” she said, but he could also be “gentle.” He made people laugh and told Strausberg that he liked dancing. When she invited him to church, he declined, but said his mother was a preacher.
Strausburg attributed Bing’s moodiness to work-related stress. He also told her that she “had her anger issues” and complained that he intended to “embarrass her manager.”
She didn’t expect this.
“I think he had mental issues,” Strausberg said Thursday. “What else do you have?”
Tuesday night’s violence in Chesapeake was the second high-profile mass shooting in four days. Bing was dead when officers arrived at a store in the state’s second-largest city.
Police have identified the victim as 38-year-old Brian Pendleton. Kelly Pyle, 52 years old. Lorenzo Gamble, 43 years old. Randy Blevins, 70, all from Chesapeake. Tyneka Johnson, 22, of nearby Portsmouth. Police said the dead included a 16-year-old boy whose name was withheld because of his age.
A Walmart spokesperson confirmed by email that all of the victims worked for Walmart.
Crystal Kawabata, spokesperson for the FBI field office in Norfolk, Virginia, confirmed that the FBI is assisting police investigations, but directs all inquiries to the Chesapeake Police Department, the lead investigative agency. rice field.
Brianna Tyler, another Walmart employee, said Bing appeared to have fired at random.
“He was just shooting all over the room. It didn’t matter who he shot,” Tyler told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Six people were also injured in a shooting that occurred shortly after 10 p.m. while shoppers were shopping ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Police said about 50 people were in the store at the time.
Bing was identified as an overnight team leader who had been a Walmart employee since 2010. Police said he had one of his handguns and a magazine of several ammunition.
Tyler said an overnight stocking team of 15 to 20 people had just met in the break room to go over plans for the morning. Another team leader started talking when Bing entered the room and opened fire, Tyler and Wichewski said.
Tyler, who started working at Walmart two months ago and worked with Bing just the night before, said he never had a negative encounter with him, but others said he She said Bing had a history of writing people up for no reason.
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Wilczewski said she tried to visit the memorial in the store’s parking lot on Wednesday but couldn’t be deterred.
“I wanted to write a letter and put it out there,” she said. “I wrote to those who saw me die and I apologize for not growing up. I’m sorry you couldn’t feel me. But you weren’t alone.”
according to Data compiled by the Gun Violence ArchiveThere have been more than 600 mass shootings in the United States this year, at least 36 of which have resulted in four or more deaths.
Alan Fox, a criminologist at Boston’s Northeastern University who has been compiling data on shootings in the United States for decades, reports the same numbers, and even before the incident at Walmart in Chesapeake, 2022. He said it made the year a record year for such attacks.
“I have studied genocide for over 40 years, and I am convinced that there has never been a year with so many murders.” Fox said in an article published Monday by The Northeastern.following the Colorado shootings.