Walmart Chesapeake shooting – latest: Virginia store manager Andre Bing had a history of ‘trouble’ with co-workers identified as victims

Police spokesperson provides update on Walmart shooting

A Walmart employee, according to authorities, shot and killed six people in a mass shooting at a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, before turning the gun on himself.

Police were called to the store around 10:12 p.m. on Tuesday evening to find several dead and injured at the scene.

Six victims were killed in the attack and another four were hospitalized with injuries on Wednesday morning.

A statement from Walmart confirmed the identity of the alleged shooter as Andre Bing, the night team leader, who has been employed by the company since 2010.

Police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in the aftermath of the shooting and have determined there is “no ongoing risk to the public,” the police chief said.

Five of the victims were named in a police statement on Wednesday afternoon. A sext is a minor and so his name was not released.

A motive for the shooting is unknown, but witnesses have said they believe it was planned and that he specifically targeted colleagues.

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Analysis: Why the hell can’t America put an end to this deadly gun violence?

You’re out of words and you’re out of emotions, writes Andrew Buncombe.

But in addition to sympathy for the victims, there are two other emotions that bubble up and don’t go away. And they are anger and indignation.

Oliver O’Connell24 Nov 2022 00:45

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Politicians react to Virginia Walmart shooting

America’s legislators and elected leaders responded with condolences and angry calls to action after the second major mass shooting in a week occurred in Virginia, just days after a massacre at an LGBT bar in Colorado.

The shooting sparked the same calls for gun violence prevention and efforts to limit guns in American society that have dredged up other similar tragedies, but with the muted resignation of the current political realities of such legislation well in mind.

The state’s Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin wrote on Wednesday that he was heartbroken but did not immediately suggest action to address future mass killings.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 24, 2022 00:15

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‘A woman passed out and the woman next to her screamed’

A former Walmart store employee, now a Lyft driver, arrived shortly after the shooting ended. She described what she saw The Virginian pilot:

Janis Strausburg, 48, of Chesapeake, worked in maintenance at Walmart until June, but is now a Lyft driver. She dropped someone off at the store shortly after the shooting ended.

She said the timing coincided with a shift change, where a large group of employees would congregate in the break room or in a back hallway. The area is also where employees clock in and out, Strausburg said.

“I saw the police dragging a body, they were resuscitating him. A woman passed out and the woman next to her screamed that we need an ambulance,” she said. “Then I saw maybe five officers went into the store and they came out very quickly.”

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 11:45 PM

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Mayor of Chesapeake: ‘We will share this burden together and stand stronger for it’

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Names of five adult victims released by police

The Chesapeake Police Department has released the names of the adult victims of Tuesday night’s mass shooting at the local Walmart.

A sixth, 16-year-old minor has not been named.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 11:15 PM

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The state senator takes the thoughts and prayers of the GOP out of the way

A Democratic state senator in Virginia took issue with her Republican enemies during an interview with CNN Wednesday morning after a deadly shooting broke out late Tuesday night at a Walmart in her state.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 10:45 PM

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What we know about the alleged shooter

Andre Bing, a 31-year-old from Chesapeake, is accused of opening fire in the break room of the store on Sam’s Circle around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 10:35 PM

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Chesapeake Police Department releases names of victims

The Chesapeake Police Department has 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 night in the Walmart shooting at 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 show up and care for those who need it most.

Please join us in praying for the families and friends of these community members we have lost: Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins, and Tyneka Johnson.

The sixth victim is a 16-year-old male resident of Chesapeake whose name and photo are withheld at the time because he is a minor.

Oliver O’ConnellNov 23, 2022 10:17 PM

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Mother describes son’s harrowing survival story after being shot twice

The mother of one of the Walmart employees injured in Tuesday night’s shooting has explained how he survived.

“He just didn’t understand what was going on. Everyone thought [the manager] was in a mood or something,” Ms. Shupe said. “Suddenly it changed. It transitioned from the appearance to actually seeing a gun.

A bullet grazed her son’s ear and he began to run when he saw people in the group that he had to jump over to save himself.

When Jalen stepped forward, she said, he was shot again.

“His exact words were, ‘I was shot…I really was shot.’ And when he reached the front, his exact words were, ‘I just got shot again,'” Mrs. Shupe said. “So you know, you got shot in the beginning. And now that you’re trying to get help, you just shot again.

Jalen was helped by a colleague and they waited in her car for help to arrive. He had been shot in the back and sternum and thought he was going to die. Mrs. Shupe says he fights on, but struggles to process what he saw.

“There’s a trauma,” she said. “He really has more to do with that. I think you can say almost as much as the injuries: the trauma of people getting hurt and hurt that he may never see again.”

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 9:45 PM

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Bing has “just started spraying bullets” in the Walmart break room

One Walmart employee who left the break room before Andre Bing started shooting was Kevin Harper, who recounted his experience in a Facebook Live video.

Employee Kevin Harper said a co-worker entered the cafeteria and started firing.

“I just left the cafeteria… (the shooter) starts capturing people there,” Harper said in a Facebook Live video. The video is no longer on his Facebook page, but has been re-shared on social media.

“He came in there and just started spraying,” Harper said. “I’m sorry for the victims.”

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 9:30 PM

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