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Virginia shooting: Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing six people

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Alex Brandon and Ben Finley, Associated Press

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

Last updated Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 7:25 PM EST

Chesapeake, Virginia (AP) – A Walmart manager pulls out a handgun before a routine employee meeting and begins violent shooting around a store’s break room in Virginia, garnering second U.S. attention in four days Six people were killed in a shooting that brought together the police and eyewitnesses said Wednesday.

The shooter was dead when officers arrived at a store in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city, late Tuesday. Authorities said he had apparently shot himself. Police were trying to determine a motive. One of his employees described seeing “corpses fall” when the assailant fired haphazardly without saying anything.

“He was shooting all over the room. It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything.”

Six people were injured in a shooting that occurred shortly after 10 p.m. as shoppers were shopping ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The perpetrator was identified as night shift team leader Andre Bing, 31, who had been a Walmart employee since 2010.

Tyler said an overnight stocking team of 15 to 20 people had just met in the break room to go over plans for the morning. She said the meeting was about to begin, and one team leader said: Bing then turned around and fired at the staff.

At first, Tyler was skeptical, thinking the shooting was an actual shooting drill.

“Everything was happening so fast,” she said, adding, “By the grace of God the bullet missed me. I saw smoke coming out of the gun, and I literally saw a dead body. I saw it fall. It was crazy.”

Police said three dead people, including Bing, were found in the break room. One of the murdered victims was found near the front of the store. His other three were taken to hospital but died.

Tyler, who started working at Walmart two months ago and had worked with Bing the night before, said he never had a negative encounter with him, but others said he was “noticing.” I told her she should be a manager. She said Bing has a history of writing people up for no reason.

“Honestly, he liked to pick. I think he just looked for a little bit…because he had authority. It was just that type of person he was. That’s what he was.” A lot of people said about,” she said.

Employee Jesse Wilczewski told Norfolk television station WAVY that she hid under a table, and Bing looked at her and pointed a gun at her. , and she left.

Police said the dead included a 16-year-old boy whose name was withheld due to age.The other victim was identified as 38-year-old Brian Pendleton. Kelly Pyle, 52 years old. Lorenzo Gamble, 43 years old. Randy Blevins, 70, all from Chesapeake. Tyneka Johnson, 22, of nearby Portsmouth.

It wasn’t immediately clear if they were workers or shoppers.

Gwendolyn Bowe Baker Spencer said Pyle was “a lovely, generous and kind person” and said her son and Pyle had plans to get married next year. and plans to travel to Virginia, Spencer said.

“We love her,” Spencer said, adding, “She was a wonderful, kind person.”

This is the second mass shooting in Virginia in just over a week. On November 13, three University of Virginia football players were shot dead on a charter bus returning to campus from a field trip. Two of his other students were injured.

The Walmart assault comes just days after a man opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five and injuring 17. Last spring, when gunmen stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. , 21 people died and the country was shaken.

Tuesday night’s shooting also sparked memories of another attack at a Walmart in 2019, when gunmen targeting Mexicans opened fire on a store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people.

As of 2022, there have been 40 mass murders so far, according to a database that tracks all mass murders in the United States going back to 2006, run by the Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University. This defines genocide as at least four people killed, not including the murderer.

According to the database, more than a quarter of the massacres have occurred since October 21, spanning eight states and claiming 51 lives. Nine of these 11 incidents were shootings.

Notably, the database does not include recent shootings at the University of Virginia.

President Joe Biden tweeted that he and the First Lady are grieving for the families of the victims. We must take greater action.”

Kimberly Shupe, the mother of Walmart employee Jaron Jones, told reporters her 24-year-old son was shot in the back. He was in good condition after he was first put on a ventilator, she said, speaking Wednesday.

Ms Shoup said she learned of the shooting from a friend who went to a family reunion center to find out Ms Jones’ whereabouts.

“If he doesn’t answer his calls, he doesn’t answer his texts, and there’s a shooting at work, it’s just a combination of two and two,” says Shupe. “It was a shock at first, but in the end I kept thinking he would be okay.”

In a statement, Walmart said it is working with law enforcement and is “focused on doing everything we can to support our employees and their families.”

In the wake of the El Paso shootings, the company decided in September 2019 to stop selling certain types of ammunition, asking customers not to openly carry firearms in stores.

Sales of handgun ammunition have also stopped, as have short-barreled rifle ammunition such as .223 and 5.56 calibers used in military-style weapons.

In the mid-1990s, the company stopped selling handguns in all states except Alaska, where sales continued until 2019. The change allowed Walmart to exit its business entirely and focus solely on hunting rifles and related ammunition.

Many of its stores are located in rural areas where hunters rely on Walmart for equipment.

Tyler’s grandfather, Richard Tate, dropped his granddaughter off for her 10 p.m. shift, parked the car, and went to buy dish soap.

When he first heard gunfire, he thought it was the sound of a balloon popping. But soon after seeing other customers and employees fleeing, so did he.

Tate got to his car and called his granddaughter.

“I could tell she was upset,” he said. “But she also found that she was alive.”

Contributing to this report was Associated Press writer Denise Lavoie in Chesapeake. Michael Kunzelman and Sarah Brumfield of Silver Spring, Maryland. Matthew Barakat of Falls Church, Virginia. Hannah Schoenbaum of Raleigh, North Carolina. Ann Dinosenzio and Alexandra Olson in New York. New York news researcher Rhonda Schaffner. Chesapeake video journalist Nathan Elgren.

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