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Caitlyn Burchett, Ian Munro and Gavin Stone

The Virginian-Pilot


CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Seven folks died in a capturing inside a Chesapeake Walmart late Tuesday night time when a retailer worker opened fireplace with a pistol, beginning within the break room, the police chief mentioned.

The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot, Chief Mark Solesky confirmed Wednesday. The person’s identify has not been launched as a result of subsequent of kin haven’t been notified, Solesky mentioned.

However two sources with information of the investigation confirmed Wednesday the shooter is Andre Bing. Police have been stationed Wednesday morning outdoors the Chesapeake residence that property data mentioned Bing bought in 2019.

Six victims have died, and 5 are being handled at space hospitals. Late Tuesday night time they have been at Sentara Norfolk Common Hospital, confirmed Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Sentara Healthcare. Their names haven’t been launched, and Kafka couldn’t present their circumstances.

The primary report back to police got here in at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday. Police have been on scene by 10:14 p.m., Solesky mentioned. The constructing was declared protected by 11:20 p.m.

Investigators aren’t conscious of something within the shooter’s background that might have indicated trigger for concern. Requested if the shooter was identified to police, Solesky mentioned, “Not that I’m conscious of at the moment.”

Grief was on show outdoors each the hospital and a household reunification heart arrange in Chesapeake.

Simply after 2 a.m., a person was escorted out of the emergency room after he erupted in emotion, wailing and shouting. “They killed my brother,” he yelled as he ran away.

Shrieks lower by means of the air as a bunch of individuals left the reunification website on the Chesapeake Convention Heart, illuminated by the flashing blue lights of a Chesapeake police automotive.

Gathered with others outdoors the Sam’s Membership on the opposite finish of the procuring heart, Walmart employee Joseph Strempski mentioned he was within the upkeep closet when he heard the gunfire. He then noticed folks operating and ran with them.

In a 30-minute time span, police from throughout a number of businesses responded in power. FBI brokers could possibly be seen on the scene, and ATF brokers had been en route.

“As police arrived on scene, they realized it was an energetic shooter scenario and we needed to change our techniques,” mentioned police spokesman Leo Kosinski throughout a briefing Tuesday night time.

Walmart issued a press release through Twitter expressing shock.

“We’re praying for these impacted, the group and our associates,” the corporate mentioned. “We’re working intently with legislation enforcement, and we’re centered on supporting our associates.”

The Walmart is on Sam’s Circle, off North Battlefield Boulevard and simply off I-64. The shop will probably be closed whereas the investigation is ongoing.

The Chesapeake Convention Heart reunification website was meant for rapid relations or the emergency contact of anybody who could have been within the constructing.

Amongst these gathered outdoors very early Wednesday morning was Camille Buggs, a former Walmart worker. She mentioned she got here to the convention heart to attempt to discover some details about a few of her former co-workers, whom she nonetheless considers household, however had not been capable of attain because the capturing.

“You all the time say you don’t suppose it could occur in your city, in your neighborhood, in your retailer — in your favourite retailer — and that’s the factor that has me shocked,” mentioned Buggs, 58, of Chesapeake.

Buggs, who now works at close by Greenbrier Mall, mentioned she and her present co-workers would sometimes cease by the Walmart on their approach residence for snacks or meals. However they opted to not Tuesday night time, desirous about the lengthy workweek nonetheless forward. It was solely as soon as she bought residence that she heard the information.

On Twitter, native politicians shared reactions to the lethal capturing.

“I’m completely heartbroken that America’s newest mass capturing came about in a Walmart in my district in Chesapeake, Virginia tonight. I cannot relaxation till we discover the options to finish this gun violence epidemic in our nation that has taken so many lives,” mentioned state Sen. Louise Lucas, a Democrat.

“Sufficient is sufficient,” mentioned U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, a Democrat representing the 2nd District.

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West known as for prayers for the victims, their family members and their co-workers, and expressed gratitude for the fast motion by first responders.

“I’m devastated by the mindless act of violence that came about late final night time in our Metropolis,” West mentioned in a press release. “Chesapeake is a tightknit group and we’re all shaken by this information. Collectively, we’ll help one another all through this time.”


(Virginian-Pilot employees reporter Jane Harper contributed to this report.)


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