A Walmart manager opened fire in the break room, killing 6 people

CHESAPEAKE (US): A Walmart manager opened fire on 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.
The gunman who shot himself was dead when officers found him, police said. There was no clear motive for the shooting, which left at least six people injured, one seriously.
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, a shopper told a local television station.
Briana the employee Tyler He said the overnight sock team of 15-20 people had just gathered in the break room to go over the morning plan. He said the meeting should begin, and the team leader said, “Okay guys, we’re in for a bright night.” Another team leader, 31-year-old Andre Bing, turned around and fired in the direction. staff.
“By the grace of God, a bullet missed me,” Tyler said. “I saw the smoke coming out of the gun and I saw the bodies falling. It was crazy.”
Officials said on the city’s Twitter account that three of the dead, including Bing, were found in the recreation room. One of those killed was found in front of the store. Three more people were taken to the hospital and they died of their injuries.
Walmart said in a statement that Bing was an overnight team leader and had been with the company since 2010.
At first, Tyler didn’t think the shooting was real. “Everything happened very quickly. I thought it was some kind of test. If you have an active shooter, that’s how you respond.”
Tyler, who worked with Bing the day before, said he wasn’t targeting anyone in particular.
“He was shooting all over the room. It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything. He did not look at anyone in particular.”
Tyler, who started working at Walmart two months ago, said he never had a negative encounter with Bing, but others said he was a “manager to watch out for.” He said Bing has a history of writing people off for no reason.
“He liked to pick, to be honest. I think he was just looking for the little things because he had authority. He was just that kind of person. Many people said that about him,” he said.
Neighbor Alicia McDuffie said the police “ran all over the street” in the middle of the night and forced their way into Bing’s home. his mother, Vera McDuffiesaw officers approach Bing’s front door with a battering ram.
Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky Bing used a handgun and police later said he had multiple magazines. Solesky could not confirm whether all of the victims were employees.
Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk TV station WAVY that she hid under a table and Bing looked up and pointed a gun at her. He said go home and he left.
The attack marks the second major shooting in Virginia in just over a week. Three University of Virginia football players were shot on Nov. 13 on a charter bus while returning to campus from a field trip. Two more students were injured.
The attack on Walmart came three days after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five and injuring 17. Last spring, the country was rocked by a gunman’s attack on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 21 people were killed. .
Tuesday night’s shooting also recalled another memory at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman targeting Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people.
A database run by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks every mass murder in America through 2006 shows that there have been 40 mass murders in the United States so far in 2022. This is the highest figure compared to 45 in 2019. year database, defines mass murder as the killing of at least four people, including the killer.
The database defines a mass killing as the killing of at least four people, including the killer.
More than a quarter of the mass killings since Oct. 21 spanned eight states, claiming 51 lives, according to the database. 9 of these 11 incidents were shootings.
Note that the database does not include the recent shooting at the University of Virginia because that attack did not reach the threshold of four deaths, including the shooter.
President Joe Biden wrote on his Twitter account that he and the first lady are saddened by the families of the victims. “We mourn those who will have empty seats at the Thanksgiving table because of these tragic events – we must do more.”
The 911 call about the shooting came in just after 10 p.m. Solesky doesn’t know how many shoppers were inside, whether the gunman was working or whether there was a security guard.
Kimberly ShupeWalmart employee Jalo’s mother Jones, told reporters that his 24-year-old son was shot in the back. He said he was doing well and spoke on Wednesday after initially being placed on a ventilator.
Shupe said he learned about the shooting from a friend who went to the family reunification center to find out where Jones was.
“If he’s not answering his phone, he’s not answering his texts, and there’s a shooting at work, you’re just putting two and two together,” Shupe said. “At first I was shocked, but in the end I kept thinking he was going to be okay.”
Walmart said in a statement that it is working with law enforcement and is “focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families.”
After the El Paso shooting, the company decided to stop selling certain types of ammunition in September 2019 and asked customers to no longer openly carry firearms in its stores.
It stopped selling handgun ammunition, as well as .223 and 5.56 caliber short-barreled rifle ammunition used in military-style weapons. Walmart also stopped selling handguns in Alaska.
The company stopped selling the pistol in all states except Alaska in the mid-1990s. The latest move marked his complete exit from the business, allowing him to focus solely on shotguns and related ammunition.
Many of its stores are in rural areas where hunters depend on Walmart to buy their gear.
Tyler’s grandfather, Richard Tatesaid she left her grandson in line at 10 p.m., then parked the car and went inside to buy dish soap.
When he first heard the gunshots, he thought it might be balloons exploding. But soon he saw other customers and employees running away and he ran away too.
Tate reached his car and called his grandson.
“I could tell he was upset,” she said. “But I could also tell he was alive.”