Sources identify the Walmart executive who shot and killed six people

The Walmart executive who killed six people and himself in a massacre has been identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, according to two law enforcement sources, a witness and a source familiar with the case.

Bing was a “team leader” overnight for the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, the source familiar with the matter told CNN.

Police have not publicly identified the gunman and told reporters they had not yet reached the gunman’s next of kin after he shot himself. But Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said the shooter was an employee of the store.

US sources have identified the Walmart executive who shot and killed six people at the Virginia store. (AP)

Police did not respond to a request for comment on the identity of the shooter.

The motive behind the attack remains a mystery.

The deadly rampage began around 10:12 p.m. Tuesday, less than an hour before the Walmart Supercenter was due to close.

Four people injured in the attack remained in hospital, the police chief said. At least two were in critical condition, said Dr Michael Hooper, vice president and chief medical officer of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

The store was busy just before the Tuesday night attack as people stocked up on supplies in the run-up to Thanksgiving, a customer said a local TV channel.

Employee Briana Tyler said workers had gathered in the break room as they usually did before their shift.

“I looked up and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire,” she told ABC’s Good morning Americaadding that “several people” fell to the ground.

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all,” she said.

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky speaks to reporters after a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia.
The gunman, who apparently shot himself, was dead when police found him, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky said. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Solesky confirmed that the gunman, who used a gun, was a Walmart employee, but did not give his name because his family had not been notified. The police chief could not confirm whether the victims were all employees.

Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk television station WAVY that she hid under the table and that the gunman looked at her with his gun pointed at her, told her to go home and she left.

“It didn’t even look real until you could feel the… ‘pow-pow-pow,’ you can feel it,” Wilczewski said.

“I couldn’t hear it at first because I think it was so loud I could feel it.”

Police respond to the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
Six civilians have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in Virginia, police say (Kendall Warner/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Governor Glenn Youngkin tweeted that he was in touch with law enforcement in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city, which sits next to the coastal communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

“Our hearts break with the Chesapeake community this morning,” Youngkin wrote. “Horrible acts of violence have no place in our communities.”

Officers arrived at the store around 10:12 p.m. (Wednesday, 2:12 p.m. AEDT) on Tuesday and found evidence of a shooting inside, Chesapeake Police spokesperson Leo Kosinski told CNN.

The shooting apparently stopped when police arrived at the store in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city and next to the coastal communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Chesapeake Police Public Information Officer Leo Kosinski provides an update to the press following a mass shooting at Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Chesapeake Police Public Information Officer Leo Kosinski provides an update to the press following a mass shooting at Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart Tuesday, November 22, 2022 (Kendall Warner/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Sentara Healthcare, said in a text that five patients from the Walmart were being treated at Norfolk General Hospital. Their terms were not immediately available.

Joetta Jeffery told CNN she received text messages from her mother who was in the store when the shots were fired. Her mother, Betsy Umphlett, was not injured.

“I’m crying, I’m trembling,” Jeffery said. “I was just talking to her about buying turkey for Thanksgiving, then this text came in.”

A man was seen crying in a hospital after learning his brother was dead, and others screamed as they left a conference center set up as a family reunion center. The Virginian pilot reported.

Camille Buggs, a former Walmart employee, told the paper she went to the conference center to seek information on her former colleagues.

Law enforcement officers drive into a command vehicle as they work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia
Law enforcement officers drive into a command vehicle as they work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“You always say you don’t think it would happen in your city, in your neighborhood, in your store — in your favorite store, and that’s what shocked me,” Buggs said.

Walmart tweeted early Wednesday that it was “shocked by this tragic event.”

U.S. Senator Mark Warner said in a tweet that he had been “sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.”

State Senator Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiment, tweeting that she was “absolutely heartbroken that the last mass shooting in America happened at a Walmart in my county.”

Law enforcement, including the FBI, work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia
Law enforcement, including the FBI, work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Earlier in the year, the country was rocked by the death of 21 when a gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of another at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman who police said was aiming at Mexicans opened fire at an El Paso store, killing 22 people.

In the wake of the El Paso shooting, Walmart made the decision in September 2019 to stop selling certain types of ammunition and asked customers to stop openly carrying firearms in their stores.

It stopped selling small arms and short-barreled rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and the 5.56 caliber used in military-style weapons. Walmart also stopped selling handguns in Alaska.

The company had stopped selling handguns in every state except Alaska by the mid-1990s. The final step marked the complete withdrawal from that company and allowed it to focus only on shotguns and related ammunition.

Many of his stores are located in rural areas where hunters rely on Walmart to get their gear.

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