Chesapeake Walmart shooting – latest: Virginia store manager Andre Bing had history of ‘issues’ with coworkers as victims identified

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Police spokesperson provides update on Walmart shooting

A Walmart employee shot and killed six people in a mass shooting at a store in Chesapeake, Va., before turning the gun on himself, authorities say.

Police were called to the store around 10:12 p.m. Tuesday night to find several people dead and injured at the scene.

Six victims were killed in the attack and four others remained in hospital with injuries Wednesday morning.

A statement from Walmart confirmed the identity of the suspected shooter as Andre Bing, the night shift supervisor, who has been employed by the company since 2010.

Police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home following the shooting and determined there was “no continuing risk to the public”, the police chief said.

In a police statement Wednesday afternoon, five of the victims were named. A sixth is a minor and his name has therefore not been disclosed.

The motive for the shooting is unknown, but witnesses said they believed it was planned and specifically targeted colleagues.


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But alongside sympathy for the victims, there are two other emotions that are bubbling up and won’t go away. And these are anger and indignation.

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 24, 2022 12:45 a.m.


Politicians Respond to Virginia Walmart Shooting

US lawmakers and elected leaders have responded with angry condolences and calls for action after the second major mass shooting in a week took place in Virginia just days after a massacre at an LGBT bar in Colorado.

The shooting prompted the same calls for gun violence prevention and efforts to restrict guns in American society that other similar tragedies have dredged up, but with the stifled resignation of the current political reality of a such legislation well in mind.

The state’s Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin wrote Wednesday that he was heartbroken, but did not immediately offer action to address future killings.

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 24, 2022 12:15 a.m.


“A woman passed out and the woman next to her was screaming”

A former Walmart store employee, now a Lyft driver, arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting ended. She described what she saw at The Virginia Pilot:

Janis Strausburg, 48, of Chesapeake, worked maintenance at Walmart until June, but is now a Lyft driver. She was dropping someone off at the store shortly after the shooting ended.

She said the timing coincided with a shift change, during which a large group of employees would gather in the break room or in a back hallway. The area is also where employees clock in and out, Strausburg said.

“I saw police officers dragging a body, they were doing CPR on her. A woman passed out and the woman next to her was screaming, we need an ambulance,” she said. Then I saw maybe five cops come into the store and they came out very quickly.”

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 11:45 p.m.


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Names of five adult victims released by police

Chesapeake police have released the names of the adult victims of Tuesday night’s mass shooting at the local Walmart.

A 16-year-old minor sixth has not been named.

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 11:15 p.m.


State senator eviscerates GOP thoughts and prayers

A Democratic state senator from Virginia vented on her Republican foes during an interview with CNN on Wednesday morning after a deadly shooting erupted Tuesday night at a Walmart in her state.

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 10:45 p.m.


What we know about the alleged shooter

Andre Bing, a 31-year-old Chesapeake man, is charged with opening fire inside the Sam’s Circle store break room around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 10:35 p.m.


Chesapeake police release names of victims

Chesapeake police have released the names of the victims of Tuesday night’s mass shooting at Walmart:

We are saddened to announce the names of those we lost Tuesday night in the shooting at Walmart on Sam’s Circle, but hope that with this information we can honor their lives in our community. The City of Chesapeake has always been known as the “city that cares” and now, more than ever, we know our city will step up and take care of those who need it most.

Please join us in praying for the family and friends of those community members we have lost: Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson.

The sixth victim is a 16-year-old Chesapeake resident whose name and photo were withheld at the time because he was underage.

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 10:17 p.m.


A mother details her son’s harrowing survival story after he was shot twice

The mother of one of the Walmart workers injured in Tuesday night’s shooting has opened up about how he survived.

“He just didn’t understand what was going on. Everyone thought [the manager] was in the mood or something,” Ms Shupe said. “Suddenly it changed. It went from the look to the actual sight of a gun.

A bullet grazed his son’s ear and he began to flee, seeing people in the group over whom he had to jump to save himself.

When Jalen got to the front, she said, he was shot again.

“His exact words were, ‘I got shot…I actually got shot.’ And then when he got to the front, his exact words were, ‘I just got shot again,” Ms. Shupe said. “So you know, you got shot at the start. And now that you’re trying to get help, shoot again.

Jalen was helped by a colleague and they waited in her car until help arrived. He had been shot in the back and sternum and thought he was going to die. Ms Shupe says he continues to fight but is struggling to process what he witnessed.

“There is trauma,” she says. “He really deals with that more, I guess you could say almost as much as the wounds: the trauma of hurting and hurting people that he may never see again.”

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 9:45 p.m.


Bing ‘just started spraying’ balls in Walmart’s break room

One Walmart employee who left the break room before Andre Bing started filming was Kevin Harper, who recounted his experience in a Facebook Live video.

Employee Kevin Harper said a co-worker walked into the break room and started shooting.

“Just got out of the break room… (the shooter) starts trapping people in there,” Harper said in a Facebook Live video. The video is no longer on his Facebook page, but it was shared on social media.

“He walked in there and just started spraying,” Harper said. “I’m sorry for the victims.”

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 9:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Walmart shooting – latest: Virginia store manager Andre Bing had history of ‘issues’ with coworkers as victims identified

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