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Walmart mass shooting: Motive unknown in Chesapeake, Virginia attack

Walmart mass shooting: Motive unknown in Chesapeake, Virginia attack

Walmart mass shooting: Motive unknown in Chesapeake, Virginia attack



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Survivors and investigators after a routine workday turned deadly at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia. Celebrate Thanksgiving questioned the aim of an employee who opened fire on his colleagues, and killed six people before the gun fired.

As employees were getting ready for the night shift, the manager opened fire in the break room at 10 p.m., officials said.

Authorities have identified the victims as 70-year-old Randy Blevins, 43-year-old Lorenzo Gamble, 22-year-old Tyneka Johnson, 38-year-old Brian Pendleton, 52-year-old Kelly Pyle and a 16-year-old boy, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile.

Two people injured in the shooting were hospitalized in critical condition on Thanksgiving Day, and one wounded victim was released Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Sentara Norfolk General Hospital said.

“I know this community and I know it well and I know that we will come together and reach out to the families of the victims,” ​​Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said in a video address Wednesday.

The shooting, another example of how the most ordinary circumstances can change American life with horrific violence, left loved ones and survivors traumatized by what they saw. As the long journey of processing these emotions begins, questions linger as to what could have motivated the killing.

Doña Priolo was in the employee break room when the shooter opened fire on his co-workers, he said.

“We don’t know what made him do it,” Priolo said. “None of us can understand why it happened.”

There was a gunman Recognized as Andre Bing, he worked as a “group leader” at night. The 31-year-old has been with Walmart since 2010, the company said. Authorities said he had one semi-automatic handgun and several magazines of ammunition.

Bing shot Priolo’s three friends “before I ran. “Half of us didn’t believe it was real until some of us saw all the blood on the floor,” he said.

Chesapeake City officials said two victims and the shooter were found dead in the lounge, another was found outside the store, and three others died at the hospital. Officials are trying to determine the exact number of casualties, as some people may have been taken to hospital.

A motive for the shooting remained unknown Wednesday, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said.

Tuesday’s violence was the third mass shooting in Virginia this month, Kazinform reported. Archives of Gun Violenceand comes in the background of grief Many people across the country are struggling this Thanksgiving because loved ones have been lost or injured in shootings.

22-year-old student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, 170 miles west of Chesapeake. opened fire on fellow students On November 13, three of them were killed on a bus returning to campus from a trip to Washington, DC.

22-year-old bullet and Five killed in LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., and 19 others were injured, authorities said. Six months ago on Thursday, a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. victims are still looking for answers.

“How do you celebrate when you’re sad?” How can you be thankful when you have nothing left to give. How you use it and wake up crying and laugh,” Brett Cross wrote Thursday about his nephew, Uzia Garcia, who was killed in Uvalde.

Overall, there have been more than 600 mass shootings in the US this year alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Both the nonprofit and CNN define a mass shooting as one in which four or more people, excluding the attacker, are shot.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was critically injured in a 2011 mass shooting, tweeted a plea for reform before Thanksgiving, speaking out about the epidemic: “We cannot be a nation of gun violence and mass shootings. We cannot live like this. We have to act.”

In Chesapeake, the ordeal began an hour before stores closed after a day of holiday shopping.

Jesse Wilczewski, who was recently hired, told CNN that he was in a regularly scheduled meeting in the break room when he saw a gunman pointing a gun at the door.

At first, he didn’t think what he was seeing was real, but then he felt his chest heave and his ears ring every time the gun went off, he said. At first it “didn’t register as real,” he said, until the sound of a gunshot echoed in his chest.

In the hallway next to Wilczewski, a gunman hid under a table. He saw some of his colleagues lying on the floor or in chairs – all motionless and some possibly dead, he said. He stayed because he didn’t want to leave them alone.

“I could have run out of that door … and I stayed. I stayed so that they would not be alone in their last moments,” Wilchevsky said in a message to the families of the two victims.

When the shooter returned to the lounge, Wilczewski told him to get out from under the table and go home.

“I had to hold the (blood-stained) door,” he said. “I remember grabbing my bag and thinking, ‘If he’s going to shoot me in the back, he’s going to have to try really hard because I’m running,’ and I booked him.” … and I didn’t stop until I got to my car, and then I just melted.”

Lashana Hicks (left) with mourners at a memorial service for the victims of the mass shooting at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia on Wednesday.

Briana Tyler, also a new hire, had just started her shift when the shooting began.

“All of a sudden you just hear pap pa pa pa pa pa,” Tyler told CNN, adding that he saw bullets fly inches from his face. “It wasn’t a break between them where you try to process it.”

The shooter had a “blank look on his face” as Tyler walked around the room shooting at people.

“There were people falling to the floor,” he said. “Everybody was screaming, gasping, yeah, and then he took off and just kept shooting through the store.”

According to other officers, the shooter had exhibited some disturbing behavior in the past.

Shandraiya Reese, who worked with the shooter from 2015 to 2018, described him as a loner.

“He always said the government was watching him. He didn’t like social media and had black tape on his phone camera. Everyone always thought there was something wrong with him,” Reese said.

Joshua Johnson, a former store technician, said the shooter threatened to lose his job.

“He said if he was fired, he would get revenge and people would remember who he was,” Johnson said.

Neither Johnson nor Reese raised any concerns about Bing with management, they said.

In a statement, Walmart said it is working with local law enforcement on the investigation.

“We feel such tragic events personally and deeply. But it’s especially painful because we know the gunman is a Walmart associate,” Walmart U.S. President and CEO John Furner said in a statement. “The entire Walmart family is heartbroken. Our hearts and prayers are with those affected.”

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