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Latest Walmart shooting: Chesapeake’s first victim is named after the manager who opened fire

Police spokesman reports Walmart shooting

A Walmart employee shot and killed six people in a mass shooting at a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, before turning the gun on himself, according to authorities.

Police were called to the store around 10:12 p.m. Tuesday night to find multiple people killed and injured at the scene.

Six of the victims were killed in the attack and another four remained hospitalized with injuries as of Wednesday morning.

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky confirmed at a news conference Wednesday morning that the suspect is a male store employee, but did not reveal his identity because his next of kin had not yet been notified.

Police executed a warrant to search the suspect’s home in the aftermath of the shooting and determined there was “no continuing threat to the public”, the police chief said.

The identities of the victims have also yet to be officially revealed, but a statue of one of them has been placed on a tree outside the store.

The motive for the shooting is unknown, but witnesses said they believed it was premeditated, targeted associates, and recalled the gunman laughing.


First victim killed in Chesapeake store identified

The first victim killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, has been identified as a 21-year-old store worker after her family launched a desperate appeal to find her in the aftermath of the horrific attack.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 16:08


Biden calls for “more action” on gun reform

President Joe Biden has called for “greater action” to combat the proliferation of firearms in the US after a gunman fatally shot six people at a Walmart in Virginia on Tuesday night.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 16:01


Before: Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky provides an update

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 15:54


Monument to the first victim placed in the parking lot

A statue was erected in the parking lot of a Walmart store to commemorate the first identified victim.

According to a family member who was at the scene, Tyneka Johnson had just turned 21.

“She was the nicest person who never bothered anyone,” they told John Gonzalez of 7 News.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 15:49


Walmart Statement

Walmart issued the following statement:

We are shocked by this tragic event at our store in Chesapeake, Virginia. We are praying for those affected, the community and our associates. We work closely with law enforcement and focus on supporting our associates.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 15:42


The witness says that the “laughing” thug “had problems” with other associates

A Walmart employee says a co-worker who allegedly staged a mass shooting at a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, was having “problems” with some of his other colleagues and was “laughing” as he opened fire on his victims.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 15:38


What was the response from Virginia lawmakers?

The governor of Virginia, the lieutenant governor and both senators tweeted their reactions to the news of the shooting.

Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin said, “Our hearts break with the Chesapeake community this morning. I remain in contact with law enforcement officials throughout the morning and make any resources available as the investigation progresses. Shameful acts of violence have no place in our communities.”

Lieutenant Winsome Earle-Sears appeared to attribute the incident to mental health issues. Neither she nor the governor use the word “shooting”, instead referring to “violence”.

Democratic Senators Louise Lucas and Mark Warner are “heartbroken” and “disgusted” by another mass shooting. Senator Lucas said she would “not rest until we find solutions to end this epidemic of gun violence in our country that has claimed so many lives.”

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 15:29


Statement by President Biden on the Chesapeake shooting

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, one of our most cherished holidays that brings us together as Americans and families as we embrace our loved ones and count our blessings. But due to another horrific and senseless act of violence, there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats on Thanksgiving. There are more families now who know the worst kind of loss and pain imaginable.

Jill and I mourn for those families, the Chesapeake community, and the Commonwealth of Virginia that just suffered in the horrific shooting at the University of Virginia this month. We also mourn all those across America who have lost loved ones in these tragic shootings, which we must unite as a nation to resist.

This year I signed the most significant gun reform in a generation, but it’s not enough. We need to take more action.

We are grateful to the first responders who mobilized to help the victims, and I have directed federal officials to provide all the support and assistance needed to the people of Chesapeake.

President Joe Biden

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 15:18


A witness says the suspect was laughing and planning an attack on his associates

WAVY reports that a witness claims the shooting was planned and targeted at other store managers. She told a news reporter 10 By your side heard the suspect laugh.

According to a witness, there were 14 employees waiting in the conference room when the shooting began, waiting to be briefed on their shift duties.

“It didn’t even seem real until you felt the gun go off,” said the witness, who only worked his fifth day at this Walmart. “I will never go to this store again. I can’t, I can’t even leave the house.”

WAVY reports that a witness claims the gunman “had issues” with other managers including Walmart, leading her to believe the shooting was premeditated.

No motive has been confirmed by authorities.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 15:02


Witness: Walmart manager opened fire in break room

A Walmart manager opened fire on co-workers gathered in the Virginia store’s break room, a witness said Wednesday. Six people have been killed in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in a matter of days.

According to Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky, the gunman, who apparently committed suicide, was dead when police found him. There was no clear motive for the shooting, which sent four people to the hospital.

The store was busy just before the Tuesday night attack, with people stocking up ahead of Thanksgiving, a local TV station customer said.

Worker Briana Tyler said workers had gathered in the store’s break room as usual before their shifts.

“I looked up and my manager just opened the door and just opened fire,” she told ABC Good morning Americaadding that “many people” fell to the floor.

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all,” she said.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 14:54


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