Virginia: Walmart survivor recalls shooting
Cops outside Walmart
Andre Marcus Bing has been named by local media as the suspect behind the Walmart shooting which killed six people last night.
The 31-year-old was named by Walmart in the US on Wednesday. Police were called to the Walmart at 10.12pm on Tuesday after reports of a shooting.
Since then, Chesapeake officers confirmed seven people had been killed, including the shooter. Most bodies were found inside, however one person was found dead in the parking lot.
A local resident in Chesapeake, just learning about the shooting, told Express.co.uk: “It feels scary man – it’s sad.”
Mayor Rick W West said he is “devastated by the senseless act of violence”.
A Walmart spokesman told DailyMail.com: ‘The alleged shooter has been identified as Andre Bing. We can confirm that he was a Walmart associate.
“Andre’s position with the company was overnight team lead and he’s been employed with us since 2010.’
Express.co.uk found Andre does not have any previous arrests to his name as per Virginia State Records.
Andre was named by an employee at the store in a live stream as the shooter shortly after the incident. The man said he “entered the break room and started firing at workers”, as reported by Ticker News.
He added: “Sadly we lost a few of our associates… The manager came in and started dumping man.
“As soon as I left out the break room, he went in there man, by the grace of God.”
Shooting victim Tyneka Johnson
An officer stands guard
A number of people were also injured in the shooting, with Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, in the nearby city of Norfolk, treating five people.
Chesapeake Mayor Rick W West has said he is “devastated by the senseless act of violence”.
In a statement, Mr West said: “Chesapeake is a tight knit community and we are all shaken by this news. Together, we will support each other throughout this time. Please keep us in your prayers.”
Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky said the shooter used a pistol. He could not confirm whether the victims were all employees.
Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk television station WAVY that she hid under the table, and the shooter looked at her with his gun pointed at her. He told her to go home, and she left.
“It didn’t even look real until you could feel the … ‘pow-pow-pow,’ you can feel it,” Wilczewski said. “I couldn’t hear it at first because I guess it was so loud, I could feel it.”
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Walmart scene with emergency services
Walmart scene after the shooting
Gov. Glenn Youngkin tweeted that he was in contact with law enforcement officials in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city, which lies next to the seaside communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
“Our hearts break with the community of Chesapeake this morning,” Youngkin wrote. “Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities.” He ordered that flags be lowered over all government buildings until sunset Sunday.
The attack was the second time in a little more than a week that Virginia has experienced a major shooting. Three University of Virginia football players were fatally shot on a charter bus as they returned to campus from a field trip on Nov. 13. Two other students were wounded.
The assault at the Walmart came three days after a person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17. Last spring, the country was shaken by the deaths of 21 when a gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Tuesday night’s shooting also brought back memories of another at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman who targeted Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso, Texas, and killed 22 people.
Officers outside Walmart
A database run by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks every mass killing in America going back to 2006 shows the number of mass killings this year has been about average, despite recent shootings that have captured public attention.
The U.S. has now had 40 mass killings so far in 2022, compared with 45 for all of 2019. The database defines a mass killing as at least four people killed, not including the killer.
According to the database, more than a quarter of the mass killings have occurred since Oct. 21, spanning eight states and claiming 51 lives. Nine of those 11 incidents were shootings.
Notably, the database does not include the recent shooting at the University of Virginia because that attack did not meet the threshold of four dead, not including the shooter.
Chesapeake Mayor Rick W. West expressed gratitude for first responders’ quick actions and said he was “devastated by the senseless act of violence.”
“Chesapeake is a tight-knit community, and we are all shaken by this news,” West said in a statement on Twitter.
President Joe Biden tweeted that he and the first lady were grieving for the victims’ families. “We mourn for those who will have empty seats at their Thanksgiving table because of these tragic events – we must take greater action.”