Chesapeake shooting: Seven dead after Walmart manager calmly walks into work and opens fire

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A manager at a Walmart store in Virginia entered a break room and opened fire on fellow employees before turning the gun on himself, an eyewitness says, leaving a total of seven dead in the latest mass shooting in the United States.

The manager has been identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, the city of Chesapeake tweeted.

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“He was armed with one handgun and had multiple magazines on his person,” a statement from the city of Chesapeake said.

Bing was an overnight “team lead” for the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, the source familiar with the matter told CNN.

Fellow employees described how a calm shift at the Walmart Supercentre turned into a night of horror, bloodshed and tragedy.

The deadly rampage started around 10.12pm, less than an hour before the shopping centre was set to close.

The shooting is the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days, police and witnesses said Wednesday. Credit: AP

Employee Kevin Harper said he had just left the room when a colleague came in and started shooting.

“I just left out the breakroom … (the gunman) starts cappin’ people up in there,” Harper said in a Facebook Live video. The video is no longer on his Facebook page, but it has been re-shared on social media.

“He came in there and just started spraying,” Harper said.

“I’m sorry for the victims.”

The motive behind the attack remains a mystery.

Walmart employee Briana Tyler told ABC’s Good Morning America that Bing said nothing as he began firing on the workers who gathered ahead of their shift on Tuesday.

“I looked up and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire,” Tyler said.

“He didn’t say a word. He didn’t say anything at all.”

Briana Tyler spoke told the media workers had gathered in the break room as they typically did ahead of their shifts. Credit: AP

Using a pistol, the suspect also injured at least four people, who were being treated at area hospitals, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky told a news conference on Wednesday.

He did not disclose a possible motive for the shooting, but said the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Jessie Wilczewski told WAVY-TV that she hid under a table and the shooter pointed the gun at her and told her to go home.

“It didn’t even look real until you could feel the pow-pow-pow. You can feel it,” she said.

“I couldn’t hear it at first because I guess it was so loud. I could feel it.”

Four people injured in the attack remained hospitalised, the police chief said. At least two were in critical condition, said Dr Michael Hooper, vice president and chief medical officer at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Four people injured in the attack remain in hospital. Credit: AP

Joetta Jeffery told CNN her mother, Betsy Umphlett, sent her texts from inside the store during the shooting, alerting her that someone had opened fire.

“I’m crying, I’m shaking,” Jeffery told CNN.

“I had just talked to her about buying turkeys for Thanksgiving, then this text came in.”

Jeffery said her mother is uninjured but in shock, and they’ve been reunited.

Coming on the heels of the killing of five people at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub on Saturday, the latest massacre prompted another round of condemnations by public officials and calls by activists for tighter gun control.

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday called the shooting “yet another horrific and senseless act of violence”, vowing any federal resources needed to aid in the investigation.

“There are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving,” he said in a statement, noting a shooting earlier this month that left three University of Virginia students dead.

“We must take greater action.”

Tuesday’s bloodshed marked the latest spasm of gun violence in the United States, where an average of two mass shootings – defined as an incident killing or injuring four or more people – occur every day, according to

A motive for the shooting has not yet been established. Credit: AP

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who was already facing stepped-up calls for policies to address gun violence in the wake of the University of Virginia killings, ordered flags at local, state and federal buildings to be flown at half-staff.

“Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities,” Youngkin wrote on Twitter.

Walmart in a statement on Wednesday said it was “shocked” at the violence at the Chesapeake store and it was working closely with law enforcement.

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