Police spokesman updates on shooting at Walmart
A Walmart employee shot and killed six victims in a mass shooting inside a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.
Police were called to the store at around 10.12pm on Tuesday night to find several people dead and injured at the scene.
Six victims were killed in the attack and four others remained in hospital with injuries as of Wednesday morning.
Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Soleski confirmed at a news conference Wednesday morning that the suspect is a male store worker, but did not release his identity because his next of kin had not yet been notified.
Police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home after the shooting and determined “there is no ongoing danger to the public,” the police chief said.
The identities of the victims have also not been officially released at this time, but a memorial has been placed in a tree outside the store.
The motive for the shooting is unknown, but witnesses said they believe it was planned, targeting co-workers and remember the gunman laughing.
Police are giving more details about the victims and the injured
Chesapeake police have released more details from the scene at the Walmart and say they are continuing to work with the victims’ families before releasing their identities and are currently investigating the victims’ employment status.
In total there were seven deaths. Three people, including the perpetrator, were found dead in the break of the store. One victim was found dead in the front of the store. Three other victims were taken to local hospitals for further treatment, but succumbed to their injuries.
At least six additional victims were taken to local hospitals for further medical treatment. One of those people is currently in critical condition. We are continuing to work with area hospitals to identify any additional injuries that may have been self-reported.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 17:27
Governor Youngkin orders flags to half-staff
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has ordered the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia to be flown at half-staff in honor and memory of the victims of the Chesapeake mass shooting.
The governor issued the order shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday. Flags will remain at half-mast until sunset on Sunday, November 27.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 5:20 p.m
Two victims died in hospital, two in critical condition
Two of the shooting victims died after being taken to the hospital, according to Sentara Healthcare.
Another two are listed as critical and a fifth is in fair condition.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 17:05
The FBI is assisting in the investigation
The FBI office in Norfolk, Virginia, is assisting in the investigation and has opened a tip line for any information people may have about what led up to the shooting.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 4:50 p.m
Witness says store was ‘extremely crowded’
13 News Now heard from shopper Terri Brown, who left the busy store just before the shooting began.
I was counting police cars. And as the count before the light turned green, it was 13 police cars and I could see a fire truck coming. I got home, because I live less than two minutes from that Walmart, and I could hear police cars coming and coming and coming and coming.
There are no words. There are simply no words. To see this unfold, to be a part of it, to know that this crime happened so close to me and I was literally in this store, is terrifying.
There was a lot of people. All cashiers were extremely busy. They had most registers open. There [were] long queues at the self-checkout. They had people at the front doors. Usually there is one or two greeters, tonight I saw probably around four. Lots of people in the store. I literally parked way down in the parking lot because you couldn’t find spaces.
It’s a busy road, but I think the moment the first car passed in front of me, it was like, honestly, if I don’t say anything about the Chesapeake Police, I’ll say tonight, they were On It.
I don’t know what they do the rest of the time, but they were on stage. Those police cars came so fast. I mean literally within a minute, I counted 13, fire trucks, I mean they were coming from all over the place. There was no traffic because so many police cars were coming so fast.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 16:39
City deny false rumors of another active shooter
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 16:24
The victim’s sister says she had just come in for work when the shooting happened
CBS 6 News reports that the sister of one of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting victims had just come in for work when she was shot.
“He came in at 10pm tonight and we got a call, his wife called, about 10.18 saying he had been shot. At the time, that was all we knew, we didn’t know how or why, you know. What was really strange to us is that it counts to 10, so he hadn’t even been gone for 10 minutes,” he said.
“Nothing like this happens in Chesapeake,” he added.
The family was preparing their Thanksgiving meal when they got the news. They eat their meal a day early due to their Walmart sibling shift in preparation for Black Friday.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 4:20 p.m
The first victim killed at the Chesapeake store has been identified
The first victim killed in the mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, has been identified as a 21-year-old store worker after her family made a desperate plea to find her following the horrific attack.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 16:08
Biden urges ‘greater action’ on gun reform
President Joe Biden called for “greater action” to combat gun proliferation in the US after a gunman fatally shot six people inside a Walmart in Virginia on Tuesday night.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 16:01
Earlier: Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky provides update
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 15:54