Police spokesman updates on shooting at Walmart
A Walmart employee shot and killed six people 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.
A statement from Walmart confirmed the identity of the alleged shooter as Andre Bing, the overnight team leader who has worked at the company since 2010.
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.
In a police statement Wednesday afternoon, five of the victims were named. A sixth is a minor, so his name has not been released.
The motive for the shooting is unknown, but witnesses said they believe it was planned and he specifically targeted his co-workers.
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“A woman passed out and the woman next to her was screaming”
A former Walmart store employee, now a Lyft driver, arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting ended. He described what he saw The Virginian-Pilot:
Janis Strausburg, 48, of Chesapeake, worked in maintenance at Walmart until June, but is now a Lyft driver. He dropped someone off at the store shortly after the shooting ended.
He said the timing coincided with a shift change, during which a large group of staff would meet in the break room or back hallway. The area is also where workers come in and out, Strausburg said.
“I saw policemen dragging a body, doing CPR on him. A woman passed out and the woman next to her was screaming we need an ambulance,” he said. “That’s when I saw maybe five police officers go into the store and get out really quickly.”
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The names of five adult victims have been released by the police
Chesapeake police have released the names of the adult victims of Tuesday night’s mass shooting at the local Walmart.
The sixth, a 16-year-old juvenile, has not been named.
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What we know about the alleged gunman
Andre Bing, a 31-year-old man from Chesapeake, is accused of opening fire in the recess of the Sam’s Circle store around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
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Chesapeake Police have released the names of the victims
Chesapeake Police have released the names of the victims of Tuesday night’s mass shooting at Walmart:
We are saddened to announce the names of those we lost Tuesday afternoon in the shooting at the Walmart in Sam’s Circle, but we hope that with this information we can honor their lives in our community. The City of Chesapeake has always been known as the “City that Cares” and now, more than ever, we know our city will step up and take care of those who need it most.
Please join us in prayer for the family and friends of these community members we have lost: Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kelly Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tainka Johnson.
The sixth victim is a 16-year-old male resident of Chesapeake whose name and photo are being withheld at this time due to his juvenile status.
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Mother describes son’s harrowing account of survival after being shot twice
The mother of one of the Walmart workers injured during Tuesday night’s shooting explained how he survived.
“He just didn’t understand what was going on. Everyone thought [the manager] he was in a mood or something,” Ms Shupe said. “Suddenly it changed. Go from looking to actually seeing a gun.”
A bullet grazed her son’s ear and she began to flee, seeing people in the group she had to jump to save herself.
When Jalen got to the front, he said, he was shot again.
“His exact words were: ‘They shot me… They actually shot me.’ And then, when he got to the front, his exact words were: “I just got shot again,” Ms. Shupe said. “So you know, you got shot at first. And now that you’re trying to go for help, shoot again.”
Jalen was helped by a co-worker and they waited in her car until help arrived. He had been shot in the back and sternum and thought he was going to die. Ms. Shupe says she is struggling, but struggling to process what she saw.
“There is trauma,” she said. “It’s really more about that, I guess you could say almost as much as the trauma: the trauma of people being hurt and hurt that they might not see again.”
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Bing “just started spraying” bullets in the Walmart break room
One Walmart employee who left the break room before Andre Bing started filming was Kevin Harper, who recounted his experience in a Facebook Live video.
Employee Kevin Harper said a co-worker walked into the booth and started shooting.
“As soon as I let the ward out … (the gunman) starts closing in on the people in there,” Harper said in a Facebook Live video. The video is no longer on his Facebook page, but has been reposted on social media.
“He got in there and just started spraying,” Harper said. “I feel sorry for the victims.”
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