Chesapeake police will provide hourly updates at a briefing after the deadly mass shooting at a Virginia Walmart

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Chesapeake City plans to hold a briefing at 8 a.m. ET to provide additional information on a mass shooting that occurred late Tuesday night at a Walmart store.

“A press conference in response to the Walmart active shooter will be held on Wednesday, November 23 at 8 a.m. at the Public Safety Operations Center, 2130 S Military Hwy,” the city said in a tweet shortly after 2 a.m. local time.

The pressure came the morning after seven people, including the gunman, were killed at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, authorities said. The store is located along Battlefield Blvd.

Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart Tuesday night in Chesapeake, Va., in this image from video footage, Nov. 22, 2022.
(WAVY-TV 10 via AP)

At 4:30 p.m., Chesapeake police first released the death toll.

Chesapeake, Virginia Walmart shooting kills at least 7, injures others: Police

“Chesapeake Police have confirmed that 7 people, including the shooter, are dead from last night’s shooting at the Sam Circle Walmart,” the city said.

Police responded to the “active shooter” call at approximately 10:12 p.m., while the store was still open to the public and shortly after evening shift workers entered. Responding officers coordinated with a tactical team to enter the store, Chesapeake police spokesman MPO Leo Kosinski said in an overnight briefing.

Chesapeake Police Public Information Officer Leo Kosinski provides an update to the press following a mass shooting at a Chesapeake, Va., Walmart, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.
(Kendall Warner/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Bodies were found in various areas of the store, the spokesman said, including one found at the entrance. The shooting started in the back of the store, according to local news outlet WAVY-TV 10.

Authorities continued to investigate the shooting late into the evening and early morning.

Chesapeake Mayor Rick W. West responded to the shooting, thanking first responders and calling for prayers.

“I am devastated by the senselessness of the late night violence in our city. My prayers are with all those affected – the victims, their families, their friends and their co-workers,” West said. “I am grateful for the quick action of our first responders who rushed to the scene.”

He added: “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.”

Police respond to the scene of a mass shooting at Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.

Police respond to the scene of a mass shooting at Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.
(Kendall Warner/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

It was not immediately clear if the gunman or the victims were store employees.

The shooting comes three days after a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs left five dead and 17 injured.

Chesapeake police will provide hourly updates at a briefing after the deadly mass shooting at a Virginia Walmart

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