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.
A statement from Walmart confirmed the identity of the alleged shooter as Andre Bing, a night team manager who has been employed by the company since 2010.
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.
A police statement on Wednesday afternoon listed the names of the five victims. The sixth is a minor, so his name has not been released.
The motive for the shooting is unknown, but witnesses said they believed it was premeditated and he was targeting associates.
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“The woman fainted and the woman next to her screamed”
A former Walmart store employee, now a Lyft driver, arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting ended. She described what she saw Pilot from Virginia:
Janis Strausburg, 48, from Chesapeake, worked as a maintenance man at Walmart until June, but is now a Lyft driver. She was dropping someone off at the store shortly after the shooting ended.
She said the timing coincided with a shift change where a large group of workers would meet in a break room or a back corridor. The area is also where workers register and leave, Strausburg said.
“I saw the police dragging the body, they were doing CPR on it. The woman fainted and the woman next to her was screaming that we needed an ambulance,” she said. “Then I saw maybe five cops come into the store and they left very quickly.”
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The names of the five adult victims released by the police
Chesapeake police have released the names of the adult victims of Tuesday’s shooting at a local Walmart.
A sixth, a 16-year-old minor, has not been released.
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What do we know about the alleged thug
Andre Bing, a 31-year-old man from Chesapeake, is charged with opening fire in the break room of a store on Sam’s Circle around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
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Chesapeake Police Reveal Victims’ Names
Chesapeake police released the names of the victims of Tuesday’s Walmart shooting:
We regret to announce the names of the people we lost Tuesday night in the Walmart Sam’s Circle shooting, 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 show up and take care of those who need it most.
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 is a 16-year-old Chesapeake man whose name and photo are withheld at this time because he is a minor.
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A mother details the harrowing account of her son surviving after being shot twice
The mother of a Walmart employee who was injured in Tuesday’s shooting explained how he survived.
“He just didn’t understand what was going on. Everyone thought [the manager] he was in the mood or something,” Shupe said. “Suddenly it changed. He went from looking to actually seeing the gun.”
The bullet pierced her son’s ear and he started to run, seeing in the group of people he had to jump over to save himself.
She said that when Jalen got to the front, he was shot again.
“His exact words were, ‘I was shot… I was actually shot.’ And when he got to the front, his exact words were, “I just got shot again,” Shupe said. “So you know you got shot at the beginning. Now, when you try to go for help, just shoot again.”
Jalen was helped by a co-worker and they waited in her car until help arrived. He was shot in the back and sternum and thought he was going to die. Ms. Shupe says she is still fighting but is trying to process what she witnessed.
“We’re traumatized,” she said. “He really deals with it more, I think you can say almost as much as injuries: the trauma of hurting and hurting people he may never see again.”
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Bing “just started spraying” bullets in the Walmart break room
One Walmart employee who left the break room before Andre Bing started shooting was Kevin Harper, who spoke about his experience in a Facebook live video.
Employee Kevin Harper said a colleague entered the break room and started shooting.
“Just left the break room… (thug) is starting to round up people there,” Harper said in a Facebook live video. The video is no longer on his Facebook page but has been re-shared on social media.
“He went in there and just started spraying,” Harper said. “I’m sorry for the casualties.”
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