Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing 6

Chesapeake (US): A Walmart manager opened fire on fellow employees in the break room of a Virginia store, killing six people in the nation’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days, police and witnesses said Wednesday.
Police said the gunman, who apparently shot himself, was dead when officers found him. There was no apparent motive for the shooting, which left at least six people injured, one of them seriously.
A shopper told a local TV station that the store in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city, was busy Tuesday night just before the attack as people stocked up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
employee briana Tyler Said overnight stocking team of 15 to 20 people gathered in the break room to work on the morning’s plan. She said the meeting was about to start, and a team leader said: “Okay guys, we’ve got a light night ahead,” when another team leader, 31-year-old Andre bingTurned and opened fire on the employees.
“It is by the grace of God that one bullet missed me,” Tyler said. “I saw smoke coming out of the gun, and I literally saw the body fall. It was insane.”
Officials said on the city’s Twitter account that three of the dead, including Bing, were found in the break room. One of the slain victims was found in front of the store. Three others were taken to hospitals where they died of their wounds.
Walmart said in a statement that Bing was the team leader overnight and had been with the company since 2010.
At first, Tyler didn’t think the shooting was real. “It was all happening so fast. I thought it was a trial type thing. Like, if you have an active shooter, that’s how you react.
Tyler, who worked with Bing, said he was not aimed at anyone in particular.
“He was just shooting across the room. It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t look at anybody in any particular way.”
Tyler, who started at Walmart two months ago, said she never had a negative encounter with Bing, but others told her he was “looking for a manager.” He said Bing has a history of texting people for no reason.
“He just chose to be honest. I think he just looked for the little things, because he had to. That was just the type of person that he was. That’s what a lot of people said about him.” said,” she said.
A neighbor, Alicia McDuffie, said that police “filled the whole street” in the middle of the night and forced their way into Bing’s house. His mother, vera mcduffiesaw officers with a battering ram heading toward Bing’s front door.
Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Soleski Byng used a pistol and police later said he had several magazines with him. Soleski could not confirm whether all of the dead were employees.
Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk television station WAVY that she hid under the table, and Bing looked up and pointed his gun at her. He asked her to go home and she left.
The attack was the second time in a little over a week that Virginia experienced a mass shooting. Three University of Virginia football players were fatally shot on a charter bus as they were returning to campus from a field trip on November 13. Two other students were injured.
The Walmart attack comes three days after a man opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and injuring 17. Last spring, the nation was rocked by the death of 21 people when a gunman attacked an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. ,
Tuesday night’s shooting also brought back memories of another at Walmart in 2019, when a gunman in El Paso, Texas opened fire on a store targeting Mexicans and killed 22 people.
A database run by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that the number of mass murders in the US has risen to 40 since 2006. This is the highest as compared to 45 in 2019. year database, which defines a mass murder as the killing of at least four people, not including the killer.
The database defines a mass murder as the killing of at least four people, not including the killer.
More than a quarter of the mass killings have occurred since October 21, spread across eight states and claimed 51 lives, according to the database. Of those 11 incidents, nine were shootings.
Notably, the database does not include the recent shooting at the University of Virginia because that attack did not meet the threshold of four dead, including the shooter.
President Joe Biden Tweeted that she and the first lady were saddened by the families of the victims. “We mourn for those who will have empty seats at the Thanksgiving table because of these tragic events – we must do more and take action.”
A 911 call about the shooting came in just after 10 p.m. Soleski did not know how many shoppers were inside, whether the gunman was at work or whether a security guard was present.
Kimberly ShupeWalmart employee Jalaun’s mother Jones, told reporters that his 24-year-old son was shot in the back. He said he was in good condition and was talking on Wednesday, initially after he was put on a ventilator.
Shupe said she found out about the shooting from a friend who went to a family reunification center to find out Jones’ whereabouts.
“If he’s not answering his phone, he’s not responding to text messages and he’s getting shot at his job, you just put two and two together,” Shupe said. “It was a shock at first, but eventually, I just kept thinking, he’ll be okay.”
Walmart said in a statement that it was working with law enforcement and “we are focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families.”
Following the El Paso shooting, the company decided in September 2019 to stop selling certain types of ammunition, saying customers no longer openly carry firearms in its stores.
It stopped selling handgun ammunition used in military-style weapons, such as .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber, as well as short-barreled rifle ammunition. Walmart also stopped selling handguns in Alaska.
The company stopped selling handguns in the mid-1990s in every state except Alaska. The latest move marked a complete exit from that business and allowed it to focus solely on hunting rifles and related ammunition.
Many of its stores are in rural areas where hunters depend on Walmart to get their equipment.
Tyler’s grandfather Richard TateSaid she dropped her granddaughter off for her 10 p.m. shift, then parked the car and went to buy some dish soap.
When he first heard the gunshots, he thought it might be a balloon bursting. But he soon saw other customers and employees running away and he too.
Tate reached his car and called his granddaughter.
“I could tell she was upset,” he said. “But I could also tell she was alive.”

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