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Police: 6 people, assailant dead in Walmart shooting in Virginia

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Alex Brandon, Associated Press

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 5:33 AM EST

Last Updated Wednesday, November 23, 2022 7:49 AM EST

Chesapeake, Virginia (AP) – A shooter opened fire at a Walmart in Virginia, killing six people, police said. The perpetrator also died.

The Chesapeake store was busy Tuesday night, just before filming, with people stocking up for the Thanksgiving holiday, shoppers told a local TV station.

Officer Leo Kosinski could not say how the shooter died, but said he did not believe police opened fire. was not clear.

“We are devastated by the senseless violence that took place in our city late last night,” Mayor Rick W. West said Wednesday in a statement posted to the city’s Twitter account. community, we are all shaken by this news.”

Joetta Jeffery told CNN that she received a text message from her mother who was inside the store when the shooting occurred. She did not hurt her mother, Betsy Umfret.

“I’m crying, I’m shivering,” Jeffrey said. “I got this text after talking to her about buying her a turkey for her Thanksgiving.”

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The Walmart attack comes three days after one person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five and injuring 17. Earlier this year, the country was rocked when gunmen attacked a primary school in Uvalde, killing 21 people. ,Texas.

Tuesday’s shooting also sparked memories of another incident at Walmart in 2019. In the incident, the gunman, who police say was targeting Mexicans, opened fire on a store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people.

When police arrived at the Chesapeake store, the shooting had apparently stopped, Officer Kosinski said. The city is Virginia’s second largest and borders the seaside communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Sentara Healthcare spokesman Mike Kafka said in a text message that five Walmart patients are being treated at Norfolk General Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately clear.

A man was seen crying in the hospital after learning his brother had died, according to Virginian Pilots, who screamed as he exited a conference center set up as a family reunion center. There was also

Camille Baggs, a former Walmart employee, told the paper that she went to the conference center to seek information about a former colleague.

“You always say you don’t think that’s going to happen in your town, in your neighborhood, in your store, in your favorite store, and that shocks me.

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

Senator Mark Warner tweeted, “I’m sick of reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at Walmart in Chesapeake.”

State Senator Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiment, tweeting, “I am truly heartbroken by America’s newest mass shooting at a Walmart in my neighborhood.”

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