Chesapeake police have released the names of the victims of Tuesday’s shooting at a local Walmart store.
A statement released by the city read: “We are sad to announce the names of the people we lost Tuesday night in the Walmart shooting on Sam’s Circle, but we hope that with this information we can honor their lives in our community.”
“The City of Chesapeake has always been known as ‘The City That Cares,’ and now more than ever we know that our city will step up and take care of those who need it most,” he continues.
“Join us in praying for the families and friends of those community members we have lost: Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson.”
The sixth victim has not been disclosed because she is a minor. He is described as a 16-year-old Chesapeake resident.
Andre Bing, a 31-year-old Walmart employee from Chesapeake, was charged with opening fire with a handgun in the store’s break room on Sam’s Circle around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
Six victims died in the attack before Bing, the head of the night team who had worked at the company for the past 12 years, allegedly shot himself with his own gun, police said. His body was found in the store’s break room along with two of his alleged victims.
The motive for the attack remains unclear, but surviving staff members revealed that the 31-year-old had “issues” with other staff members in the run-up to the mass shooting.
Walmart confirmed the identity of the shooter in a statement Independent on Wednesday.
“While details of the tragic incident at our store in Chesapeake, Virginia are still emerging, authorities have confirmed multiple fatalities. We are focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families during this time. The alleged shooter has been identified as Andre Bing,” a company spokesman said.
“We can confirm he was a Walmart associate. Andre’s position in the company was to lead the team day-to-day and has been with us since 2010. We are grateful to the local emergency services and will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation.”
One witness, who worked at the store just five days before Tuesday’s massacre, claimed that it was already clear in that short time that Bing was having “problems” with some of the other branch managers.
She told local network 10 On Your Side that she believed the shooting was premeditated and that the suspect was laughing at one point during the attack.
The shooting took place as 14 employees sat in a conference room waiting for the night shift, she said, adding that he appeared to have targeted other managers involved in the shooting.
Another employee, Jessie Wilczewski, told local station WAVY how the gunman seemed to spare her during the massacre.
She described hiding under a table when the shooting broke out.
She said Bing noticed her and pointed a gun at her. But instead of opening fire, he told her to go home.
said another Walmart employee, Briana Tyler Good morning America that the bandit was known as the one to “watch out for”.
“There was always something going on with him, he just had a problem with someone, but I never expected him to get to this level. He was a manager everyone had something to say about,” she said.
Ms Tyler, who escaped the shooting unscathed, said Bing didn’t say a word when he entered the break room and started shooting.
“I looked up and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire,” she said.
She added that she did not believe the suspect was targeting specific individuals, only the first person “in his line of sight”.
“It literally started shooting all over the break room and I’ve seen a lot of people just fall to the floor where they’re trying to hide to hide or get hit,” she said.
“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all… He just came around the corner and started shooting.
“The first person that came into his sight shot him down, and next thing you know, he just started setting up rigging all over the break room, but he didn’t say a word.”