- by theguardian
- 01 Dec 2022
Six people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart store in southern Virginia late on Tuesday, in the latest mass shooting to strike the US, this time shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday. The gunman killed himself, police said.
A witness, Jessie Wilczewski, told a local TV station, WAVY, the gunman began shooting at a group of about 14 employees gathered in a meeting room at the start of their shift in the store, located in the city of Chesapeake.
Wilczewski, who was on her fifth day at the store, said the shooter was a manager who targeted other managers, firing from left to right and at one point laughing.
Briana Tyler, another employee, told ABC workers were gathered as part of their regular routine ahead of their shifts.
On Wednesday, the city of Chesapeake identified the gunman as Andre Bing, 31, and said he was armed with a handgun and multiple magazines. Three people including Bing were found dead in the break room while one deceased victim was discovered near the front of the store, according to the city. Three people died of wounds at the hospital and another six were hospitalized, one in critical condition, the city said.
The police chief, Mark Solesky, said Bing died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Indeed, the carnage has continued since Biden signed the gun violence bill in June. On Saturday, a person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17. Last week, a former University of Virginia football player allegedly shot three team members to death on a bus and wounded two others.
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