The youngest victim of the Walmart Supercenter shooting in Virginia was 16.
that Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson were also killed in the attack. The police withhold the name of the teenager because he is a minor. Four other people were hospitalized.
We are saddened to announce the names of those we lost on Tuesday evening: Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins, and Tyneka Johnson. (1/2)— City of Chesapeake (@AboutChesapeake) November 23, 2022
It remains unclear which of the deceased could have been shoppers or employees of the store.
Police identified Andre Bing, 31, earlier Wednesday as the shooter. He had been employed by Walmart as a night shift supervisor since 2010, the company confirmed.
Bing was reportedly armed with a handgun and had several magazines on him when he was found. He was dressed in civilian clothes and was not wearing any type of armor or ballistic vest, the city and police said. Three of the deceased were found in the store’s rest room. Bing was found at the scene dead from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said, the city added.
Another person was found dead near the storefront, the city said. The other three victims were transported to local hospitals, but succumbed to their injuries.
Police said they arrived at the scene at 10:14 p.m. ET Monday, two minutes after the first 911 call. Officers entered the store around 10:16 p.m. and had officially evacuated the store by 11:20 p.m.
A Norfolk General Hospital spokesperson said they were treating at least five patients after the shooting.
“We are focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families at this time. We are grateful to local first responders and will continue to work with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation,” Walmart said in a statement.
The investigation could last for days
Stressing that the investigation could take days, police said they could not say if the shooter was aiming at someone.
At the time the shooting broke out, at least 50 people were believed to have been inside the store during normally popular pre-Thanksgiving shopping hours. Investigators say they are still trying to account for anyone who may have been in the store and witnessed the incident but fled before officers arrived.
Police are still working to learn more about the suspect’s background and what may have prompted the shooting.
The store will remain closed for several days while detectives scour the site, collect evidence and process the crime scene.
The attack comes just days after a shooting in Colorado
The shooting took place three days after someone opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five and injuring 17. Last week, a former college football player shot and killed three of his teammates on the University of Virginia campus.
And since 2019, Americans have witnessed at least five fatal shootings inside supermarkets, including one that killed 10 mostly black shoppers at a Buffalo supermarket in May.
Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of a 2019 shooting in nearby Virginia Beach that left 12 people dead. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, responded by proposing a series of gun reform measures for Virginia, the home state of the NRA.
After a backlash from pro-rights groups, including a high-profile gathering of thousands of armed protesters in 2020, the measures have met with mixed success. New rules on background checks and limits on the number of firearms a person can buy came into effect last year.
“The Chesapeake Police SWAT team executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home,” Solenksy added. “With the help of the Virginia State Police, we cleared the house. We have reason to believe there is no risk to the public at this time.”
echoed that sentiment, saying in a tweet that “heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities” and that he was in touch with law enforcement.
Our hearts break with the community of Chesapeake this morning. I remain in contact with law enforcement officials throughout this morning and have made available any resources as this investigation moves forward. Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities.— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) November 23, 2022
Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said in a statement that he was “devastated by this senseless act of violence” and described his city as a “close-knit community.”
Chesapeake is a city of about a quarter of a million people located along the southern coast of Virginia.
Sarah McCammon reported from Chesapeake; Emily Olson reported from Washington, DC
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