Walmart Shooting Devastates Community

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Chesapeake Chief of Police Mark Solenksy speaks at a press conference at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

On Tuesday evening at 10:12 p.m. a Walmart employee opened fire at the Sam’s Circle Walmart in Chesapeake Virginia, killing six people and injuring four. Police have confirmed that the shooter is dead from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

 

The shooting began in the break room, where three of the victims were found dead. The body of the shooter was also found in the break room, and another victim was found in front of the Walmart. 

 

Police said in the press conference this morning that they arrived at the Walmart at 10:14 p.m., two minutes after the 911 call, and entered the building two minutes later, at 10:16 p.m.

 

Police have not disclosed if the victims are employees or shoppers. It is also unclear how many people were in the Walmart at the time of the shooting. Police declared the scene clear at 11:20 p.m.

 

Friends and family that have not heard from their relatives are being asked by Chesapeake Police to go to the Chesapeake Conference Center, where police have set up a family reunification site. 

 

“The site is only for immediate family or for emergency contacts of those who may have been in the building,” said the City of Chesapeake. A phone line has not yet been established.

 

“Chesapeake Police SWAT Team executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence,” Chief Mark Solenksy said this morning. “With the help of Virginia State Police, we cleared the house. We have reason to believe that there’s no risk to the public at this time.”

 

Walmart has named the shooter, identifying him as Andre Bing. He was an overnight team lead who had been with the company since 2010.

 

“I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place late last night in our City,” said Chesapeake Mayor Rick West. “My prayers are with all those affected – the victims, their family, their friends, and their coworkers. I am grateful for the quick actions taken by our first responders who rushed to the scene. Chesapeake is a tightknit community and we are shaken by this news. Together, we will support each other throughout this time. Please keep us in your prayers.”

 

“Jill and I grieve for the families in Chesapeake and for Virginia, which suffered a terrible shooting at VA earlier this month,” said President Biden on Twitter. “We mourn for those who will have empty seats at their Thanksgiving table because of these tragic events – we must take greater action.”

 

 This story is developing and may be updated.