A worker at a Walmart shop in the state of Virginia in the United States shot and killed six people and injured another six others.
After the shooter opened fire on coworkers in a staff area at the bustling branch in Chesapeake, the police were called to the location.
After that, he allegedly turned the gun on himself, and officials say he later died from a gunshot wound he gave himself.
Store Manager Killed 6 in Virginia Walmart Shooting
There is no evidence that points to a particular reason for the shooting. There are no other people whom the police are looking for in connection with the attack.
The shooter was identified by the police as Andre Bing, who is 31 years old. The police said he had a handgun and a number of magazines.
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According to Walmart’s description of him, he has worked there as a “midnight team lead” since 2010. The company said that it would do everything it could to help its workers and their families.
Out of the six people who were hurt, it is known that two are in extremely critical condition and one is in stable condition.
The initial contact with the police was sent at 22:12 Tuesday evening (03:12 Wednesday morning GMT), and policemen arrived at the supermarket within two minutes of receiving the call.
Not long after that, they went into the building. About an hour later, when everything was cleaned up and all of the victims had been found, it was decided that it was safe to leave the building alone.
During a news conference on Wednesday, Police Chief Mark Solesky stated that the processing of the crime scene would most likely take several days. He also said that the investigation was being done with the help of the FBI.
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A video of an eyewitness talk about what happened while dressed as a Walmart employee was posted to social media soon after the attack.
He said that he had just left a staff room and that a coworker had just come in and started shooting right away.
A woman told WAVY-TV that her brother, a worker in his twenties, was shot and injured just ten minutes after arriving at work.
But she said that her brother or sister had been able to talk to family and send SMS, which she called “comforting.”
Another woman, Joetta Jeffery, told CNN that her mother had been inside the building when the incident took place and that she had been able to send text messages from her position inside the building.
According to Ms. Jeffrey, her mother was not wounded but was in a state of shock.
Glenn Youngkin, the Republican governor of Virginia, has asked that flags be flown at half-staff to remember the tragedy.
He stated that “this is a period where we need to help these families that are suffering the unspeakable.” “There will be time for us to react and better understand,” he continued.
Vice President Joe Biden called the attack “another act of violence that was cruel and made no sense.”
“Even though I supported and signed the most important gun control legislation passed in a generation, this is not nearly enough. We need to take more decisive action,” he remarked.
The shooting takes place only a few days after a shooter opened fire at an LGBT nightclub in the state of Colorado, in the United States, causing the deaths of five people and the injuries of 17 more.
In addition, a few days ago, three American football players were murdered on the University of Virginia campus.