Walmart Chesapeake shooting – live: Suspect Andre Bing ‘began shooting bullets’ and laughing, colleagues say

Police spokesperson provides update on Walmart shooting

The chilling details of the moments when a shooting unfolded at a Walmart store in Chesapeake has eyewitnesses said that suspect Andre Bing was “laughing” as he “started shooting bullets” in the break room.

Police have identified Mr Bing, the night squad leader at the store, for killing six people in a mass shooting before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

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.

Eyewitnesses have said the gunman had “problems” with other members of staff and was acting paranoid, saying the “government was watching”.

A police statement yesterday afternoon named five of the victims. 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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The shooter always stuck a tape on his phone camera, says a colleague

Shaundrayia Reese, 27, an employee of the Chesapeake Walmart from late 2014 to 2018, said the suspect Andre Bing “didn’t do social media” and taped his phone camera, fearing the government was watching.

She worked on the nighttime team with Bing for four years.

“He put tape on his phone, on the camera. She always told us the government was watching,” Ms. Reese, who lives in Chesapeake, told NBC. “He was just weird.”

But said he wasn’t violent, “He was a little off. He never talked about anything to do with violence – always things about the government, his weight, his family. Things like that,” she added.

Shweta SharmaNovember 24, 2022 7:30 AM

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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 24, 2022 6:45 AM

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What we know about the alleged gunman in the Chesapeake Walmart mass shooting

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

At a press conference hours earlier, authorities confirmed that the shooter was a disgruntled male store employee.

“The alleged shooter has been identified as Andre Bing. We can confirm that he was a Walmart employee,” the Walmart statement read. “Andre’s position with the company was team leader overnight and he has been with us since 2010.”

Chief Solesky said officials would not reveal his identity at the time because his next of kin had not been notified.

He said it was unclear at this point whether the shooter had targeted his victims or fired indiscriminately. Prior to Tuesday’s attack, he would not have been on police radar.

A search of online records appears to show that he had no criminal record.

A Walmart employee who survived the attack claimed the gunman was having “trouble” with some of their other co-workers and “laughed” as he opened fire on his victims.

(REUTERS)

Shweta SharmaNov 24, 2022 6:09 AM

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A mother with marriage plans, a father and guardian: families remember victims

A mother with wedding plans, a caregiver with a congenital brain defect and a loving father. This is how families and friends describe the victims of the Walmart shooting

Kellie Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake, was remembered as a generous and kind person, a mother who had plans to marry Gwendolyn Bowe Baker Spencer in the near future. “We love her,” said Mrs. Spencer.

“She was supposed to marry my son next year. She was a wonderful, kind person – yes she was. Pyle had adult children in Kentucky who will travel to Virginia in the wake of the tragedy, Ms. Spencer said.

Another victim, Brian Pendleton, 38, was born with a congenital brain disorder and made sure he was on time. Although his janitor shift began at 10:30 a.m., according to his mother, Michelle Johnson, he was in the break room just after 10 a.m. when the shooting began.

“He always came to work early so he would be on time for work,” she told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “He loved his colleagues.”

Pendleton had recently celebrated its 10th anniversary at the store.

The mother of Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake, said in a Facebook post: “Missing my baby right now, life is not the same without my son.” “He just kept to himself and did his job,” said Linda Gamble. “He was the quiet one of the family.”

Another victim, Randy Blevins, was a longtime member of the store’s team that set prices and arranged merchandise, The New York Times reported.

Former colleague Shaundrayia Reese, who said she worked at the shop from about 2015 to 2018, spoke fondly of Blevins as “Mr Randy.”

She said the night shift at the store was “family” and the employees depended on each other.

One of the young victims of the shooting was Tyneka Johnson, 22, from Portsmouth. A makeshift memorial to Johnson was placed in a grassy area outside the Walmart, with the words “Our Hearts are with you” and a basket of flowers.

Shweta SharmaNov 24, 2022 5:48 AM

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‘Door covered in blood’: Witnesses recount gruesome shooting

Employees at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia recall their harrowing experience when their routine team meeting in the break room turned into a massacre that left six people dead.

Jessie Wilczewski said her Tuesday night shift started normally, but soon after she saw her team leader hold a gun to his forehead after he shot his co-workers.

“It’s terrible because it won’t stop. It doesn’t stop repeating when you leave the scene, it doesn’t stop hurting so much, it doesn’t stop,” Ms. Wilczewski told CNN.

She said she hid under a table, but the gunman told her to come out and “just had the gun to my forehead”.

“I got up really slowly and I tried not to look at everyone on the floor… and I had to touch the door that was covered (in blood) and I walked out the double doors where you can see the Walmart aisles and… I just remember grabbing my bag and thinking, ‘If he’s going to shoot me in the back then he’s going to have to try really hard because I’m running away’, and I booked it,’ she said. “I booked it and I didn’t stop until I got to my car and then I had a breakdown.”

Another employee, Donya Prioleau, wrote on Facebook: “I just watched 3 of my colleagues/friends get killed in front of me,

“Andre killed them in cold blood…I can’t unsee what happened in that break room.”

Shweta SharmaNov 24, 2022 4:51 AM

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Earlier: Andre Bing named as suspect in mass shooting

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 24, 2022 3:45 AM

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Biden urges ‘more action’ on gun reform

President Joe Biden has urged “more action” to stem the proliferation of guns in the US after a gunman shot and killed six people at a Walmart in Virginia on Tuesday night.

The violence marks the second high-profile mass shooting in the US in three days, after five people were fatally shot and more than a dozen others injured at a Colorado Springs LGBT+ club.

Alex Woodward has the story.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 24, 2022 02:45 AM

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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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