A manager is said to have laughed as he opened fire inside a Virginia Walmart on Tuesday night, killing at least six people before turning a gun to suicide just days before Thanksgiving.
The accused gunman, Andre Bing, a store manager at a Walmart on Sam’s Circle in the Chesapeake, according to FOX 3 Now, is also believed to have died in the fatal incident.
Sheriff confirms shooter was current employee who took his own life with pistol, suspect ID’d
During a news conference Wednesday morning, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky confirmed that the attacker was a current employee who took his own life with a pistol.
“There is no clear motive at this point,” Solesky told reporters, adding that there was no indication that the gunman was known to law enforcement prior to the shooting.
The sheriff said he could not identify the gunman until his next of kin were notified, but Bing’s identity was made public late Wednesday.
One of the workers – who had only been on the job for five days – witnessed the mass shooting and told the news agency she heard the gunman’s laughter during the deadly attack.
The woman went on to say that there were 14 staff members in the meeting room waiting to be assigned for the day the shooting began.
Manager ‘Has A Problem’ With Others At Walmart Suspected, Worker Believes Shooting Was Planned
She claimed Bing had “issues” with other managers at the store and said she believed the shooting was premeditated.
“It doesn’t even look real until you can feel the gunshots,” the witness told FOX 3. “I will never go back to that store again. I can’t, I can’t even leave my front door.”
Since then, police have searched the home of Bing, who is presumed dead when police entered the Walmart around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday after reports of a shooting inside the store, where they found saw many dead and wounded.
As of Wednesday morning, four shooting victims are being treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, however their condition remains unknown according to Solesky.
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The city confirmed in a tweet at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday that there have been seven deaths, including a janitor, a female colleague and the manager himself. According to reports, a teenage worker is believed to be one of the dead victims.
The shooting started in the break room, the janitor, female co-worker, teenage employee among the victims
Another employee, identified as Kevin Harper, described the horrific attack on Facebook Live, which ended only after the man believed to be Bing turned the gun on himself.
“He blew up his brain and everything. He killed the girl in there and everything. He walked in and started spraying. I’m so sorry for the victims,” the Walmart uniformed employee said, identifying the shooter as a manager.
Harper went on to say that he “just came out of the break room… the manager went in there and started locking people in there, started shooting. Sadly, we have lost some of our associates.”
A third worker, Briana Tyler, said that employees gathered in the break room as they usually do before their shift begins, when “her manager just opened the door and… opened fire. “
Up to 10 people have been killed at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, after a gunman — believed to be the manager — opened fire inside just days before Thanksgiving. The shooter was identified as Andre Bing, 31 years old pic.twitter.com/fBjUSMmYYh
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“I looked up, and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire,” she told ABC’s “Good Morning America,” adding that “many people” had fallen to the floor. .
“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything,” Tyler said.
No victim has been publicly identified so far, the shooting comes days after the Colorado gay nightclub shooting
It took police nearly an hour to declare the scene safe, FOX 3 reported.
Meanwhile, no victims were publicly named as of Wednesday afternoon pending notification to the family, officials said.
The shooting came three days after Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and wounding several others before being shot by his patrons. hero solve. Shade room previous report.
It also comes three years after a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, where a gunman who police believe targeted Mexicans killed 22 people, according to a report by Shade room at that time.