Chesapeake Walmart shooting: At least 6 dead, officials say The shooter also died
At least six people were killed in an attack Tuesday night at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, within an hour of the store’s scheduled closing time, city officials said Wednesday morning.
The shooter is dead. city officials said.
Investigators swept the store Wednesday night looking for victims or people hiding, Chesapeake Police spokesman Leo Kosinski previously told CNN. The police have already reported the casualties.
Investigators believe the shooter is an employee or former employee of the store who opened fire on other employees in the break room, a law enforcement source told CNN.
Officials believe the shooter turned himself in at some point.
Officers responded to the Walmart around 10:12 p.m. — an hour before closing time — and found the victims and evidence of a shooting, Kosinski said.
Five patients were treated at Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, a Sentara Healthcare spokeswoman said. CNN affiliate WTKR. An update on their conditions was not immediately available.
A news conference is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Chesapeake City officials said. Twitter.
The shooting, which happened two days before Thanksgiving, as consumers were doing last-minute shopping, is another example of gun violence in places that are usually considered safe in American life, from schools to stores and even hospitals.
A 22-year-old student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville – 170 miles west of Chesapeake. opened fire on fellow students this month, three of them were killed on a bus returning to campus from a trip to Washington, D.C.
Last weekend, the 22-year-old bullet and Five killed in LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., and 19 others were injured, authorities said.
Tuesday’s shooting comes as there have been more than 600 mass shootings in the US this year alone. Archives of Gun Violence. At least four people were killed or wounded, not including the shooter, according to the archive and CNN.
Jotta Jeffery told CNN that her mother, Betsy Umphlett, reported that someone had fired shots from inside the store at the time of the shooting.
“I’m crying, I’m shaking,” Jeffrey told CNN. “I was talking to him about buying a turkey for Thanksgiving and then this text came.”
Jeffrey said his mother was unharmed but shocked and they were reunited.
Chesapeake City officials asked people to stay away from the store during the investigation.
“Our first responders are well trained and ready to respond; Please give them space for this,” the city tweeted.
A reunification center has been set up at the Chesapeake Convention Center, city officials said. They ask that only close relatives of the people who were in the store and people with whom they are in urgent contact visit the center.
In a statement, Walmart said it was shocked by the tragedy at one of its stores.
“We pray for the victims, the community and our partners. We are working closely with law enforcement and we are focused on supporting our colleagues,” the company said in a statement.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington is assisting local police in the investigation, the bureau said on Twitter.
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