Police spokesperson provides update on Walmart shooting
A 16-year-old has been identified as one of the victims of the mass shooting at the Chesapeake Walmart store.
Fernando Chavez Jr. was fatally shot along with five others and at least four others sustained injuries when gunman Andre Bing opened fire on the department store on Tuesday.
A chilling “manifesto” has been found on the gunman’s cell phone, detailing his motive for the mass shooting in Virginia prior to Thanksgiving.
Witnesses have described how the horrific events played out in the workers’ break room as investigators try to determine a motive.
A law enforcement source told local media that Bing was “upset” about a recent change in employment status and complained that he was being “harassed” by colleagues.
A former colleague also said he was paranoid about the government watching him and didn’t like being recorded. A witness claims she saw him attacking certain people during the attack.
President Joe Biden said yesterday that the shooting, as well as the massacre at an LGBT+ club in Colorado Springs over the weekend, underlined the need to ban “sick” assault weapons with no social value.
Community members mourn teen victim of Chesapeake shooting
Community members gathered Thursday to mourn Fernando Chavez Jr, one of the victims of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting.
Authorities previously kept the 16-year-old’s name a secret due to his age, but supporters have now organized a memorial fund and a GoFundMe in his name.
Chavez was remembered as “an amazing person who will be missed,” according to the page.
“He was an 11th grade honors student and new driver, who was excited about his first part-time job at Walmart,” the GoFundMe page continues. “An excellent son and excellent big brother, he loved to build with Lego. He will always be remembered as a humble, loving, responsible and hard-working young man.”
Josh MarcusNov 25, 2022 03:20
Should we rebroadcast the name of the Chesapeake shooter?
As Americans race across the country to get news of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting, a local newsroom made an interesting decision: not to broadcast the name of the alleged shooter repeatedly.
Deciding how much to focus on the identity of the shooter after a mass murder is often a contentious choice on newsrooms.
On the one hand, focusing on the attacker sheds light on what happened and may suggest places where authorities can look for future warning signs.
On the other hand, the shooter’s identity can often overshadow that of the victims, or even inspire copycats.
What do you think is the best way forward?
Josh MarcusNov 25, 2022 02:20
There have been 609 mass shootings this year
The Chesapeake shooting was yet another mass murder in America’s gun violence epidemic.
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 609 mass murders in the US this year, part of the country’s 39,843 total deaths from gun violence.
Josh MarcusNovember 25, 2022 1:20 AM
Walmart organizes Thanksgiving meal at hotel Virginia for traumatized employees
Walmart hosted a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday for employees of a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, where six people were killed in a mass shooting on Tuesday, ABC News reports.
The meal took place at the Delta Hotel in Chesapeake, and store employees and their families, as well as faith leaders, were there to offer comfort.
Seven people are in hospital with injuries after the shooting.
Josh MarcusNovember 25, 2022 00:50
Video: Church holds service honoring Chesapeake shooting victims
A church in Chesapeake, Virginia held a candlelight service to honor the six people killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart store on Tuesday.
The service was one of many memorials to the tragedy that have sprung up at the store and around town.
Watch the full video below, via Reuters.
Josh MarcusNovember 25, 2022 00:20
Chesapeake survivors recount horrifying moments of the shooting
Survivors of the November 22 shooting at a Virginia Walmart that killed six people have begun to share their experiences.
Donya Prioleau said she was in the employee’s break room when shots began to ring out.
“Half of us didn’t believe it was real until some of us saw all the blood on the floor,” she added.
Another colleague, Jessie Wilczewski, told the network that she could have run from the shots, but chose to stay in the shop while her colleagues lived out their final moments.
“I could have run out that door… and I stayed. I stayed so they wouldn’t be alone,’ she said.
Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 11:30 PM
Memorial Grows Outside Chesapeake Walmart After Mass Shooting
Mourners and community members have built a memorial outside the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, where six people were killed in a mass shooting on Tuesday.
Flowers and balloons have been collected to remember the victims: Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Lorenzo Gamble, Randy Blevins, Tyneka Johnson and a 16-year-old boy whose name has been kept secret.
“It was important for us to come out and remember,” one community member told WAVY. “It was important to remember the lives lost and everyone affected by the tragedy. It is heartbreaking to think of all the staff who have to come back and realize what happened here. All those who are in the hospital, even more families, it is very tragic.”
Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 11:00 PM
‘That’s Andre’: Video Shows Alleged Walmart Shooter Andre Bing Joking With Colleagues
A video circulating on social media shows alleged Chesapeake Walmart gunman Andre Bing at work, joking with his colleagues. The original clip, which appears to have been removed from Facebook, shows a person resembling Bing telling a story about parking a car, before smiling and fading out of frame when he realizes he’s being recorded.
“That’s Andre,” you hear a colleague say in the background.
“YOU KILLED PEOPLE WHO WERE REALLY CLOSE TO ME. I WOULD NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD DO SOME S*** LIKE THIS… THIS IS THE MANAGER WHO DID THAT!! ROT IN HELL,” wrote Draayia Janaee, who posted the video, on Facebook, Fox News reports.
Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 10:30 PM
An in-depth look at the cause of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting
Police said they had discovered a sort of “manifesto” on Andre Bing’s mobile phone, in which he complained about unspecified changes in his employment status, and what he called other staff harassing him about it. According to one report, police found close to his body a list of employees he planned to attack.
As America celebrated Thanksgiving Day, police in Chesapeake, Virginia, were searching for clues to the mass shooting as a Walmart store, an incident whose horror reverberated across the country, another shocking mass shooting that took place in the most mundane of environments.
In Nantucket, Massachusetts, a vacationing Joe Biden was asked about the incident and vowed to take action to control the sale of semi-automatic weapons.
“The idea that we’re not enforcing red flag laws… is ridiculous,” he said. “The idea that we are still allowing semi-automatic weapons to be bought is sick. Just sick. It has no, no social redemptive value. Zero. No. There’s no reason for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.
Andrew Buncombe has the full story ahead The independent.
Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 10:00 PM
What we know about the shooting
Here’s what we know so far about the mass shooting at Walmart’s Chesapeake branch.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 24, 2022 9:30 PM