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Witness: Walmart shooter seemed to target certain people

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Ben Finley, Associated Press



Published Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 1:46 PM EST




Chesapeake, Virginia (AP) – The Walmart supervisor who shot dead six co-workers in Virginia appears to have aimed at people and opened fire on some of the victims after they appeared already beaten to death. said an eyewitness who was present at the shooting. started.

Jessica Wilczewski said workers gathered in the store’s break room and started the night shift late Tuesday when team leader Andre Bing walked in and opened fire with a handgun. Another witness described Bing firing wildly, but Wilczewski said he observed him targeting specific people.

“His behavior was going hunting,” Wilczewski told the Associated Press on Thursday. “He was choosing people for the way he looked in their faces and did what he did.”

She said she observed him shooting people who were already on the ground.

“All I know is that he made sure the person he wanted dead was dead,” she said. Check it out.”

Wilczewski said he had only worked at the store for five days and had no idea who Bing was getting along with or having trouble with. She said the fact that she was her new employee may be the reason he spared her.

She said a colleague sitting next to her pulled her under a table and hid after the shooting started. She said that at one point Bing told her to get out from under the table, but when he saw who she was, he told her, “Jessie, go home to her.” said. She slowly got up and she ran out of the store, she said.

Police are trying to determine a motive. This was his second high-profile mass shooting in the country in four days. 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 have identified the victim 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. They said the dead included a 16-year-old boy whose name was withheld due to age.

A Walmart spokesperson confirmed by email that all of the victims worked for Walmart.

Crystal Kawabata, spokeswoman for the FBI field office in Norfolk, Virginia, confirmed that the FBI is assisting law enforcement in the investigation, but she directs all inquiries to the Chesapeake Police Department, the lead investigative agency. Toward.

Another Walmart employee, Briana Tyler, said it appeared that Bing was firing randomly.

“He was shooting all over the room. It didn’t matter who he hit,” Walmart employee Briana Tyler told The AP on Wednesday.

Six people were also injured in a shooting that occurred shortly after 10 p.m. while shoppers were shopping ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Police said about 50 people were in the store at the time.

The shooter was identified as Bing, a 31-year-old overnight team leader 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. Both Tyler and Wychewski said another team leader started talking when Bing entered the room and opened fire.

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.

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 attack comes days after a man opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five and injuring 17. Tuesday night’s shooting also sparked memories of another attack at a Walmart opened by gunmen targeting Mexicans in 2019. Twenty-three people were killed in a shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas.

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.

Earlier this year, the country was rocked when a gunman attacked an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 21 people.

Contributing to this report were Chesapeake Associated Press writer Denise Lavoie and New York news researchers Rhonda Shafner and Randy Herschaft.

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