Walmart shooting Chesapeake: Death toll likely to rise as worker, 23, expected to be taken off life support

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The death toll from the mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., is likely to climb as a 23-year-old store worker is expected to have his life support device turned off.

Blake Williams is currently fighting for his life on a ventilator and is unable to breathe on his own after being shot by suspected shooter and fellow Andre Bing in Tuesday night’s massacre, according to his devastated cousin.

Bing, a 31-year-old night manager, opened fire on his colleagues inside the break room just after 10 p.m. before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Six Walmart employees were killed in the attack, including Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson. The sixth victim, a 16-year-old boy from Chesapeake, has not been publicly named because he is underage.

At least six other surviving victims were taken to local hospitals for further care, three of whom remained hospitalized as of Wednesday morning.

Mr Williams’ cousin Shannon Cheetham said The New York Post that her younger cousin wasn’t even supposed to be working that night.

He usually worked day shifts because he was taking evening classes at Tidewater Community College, but had agreed to cover a shift for a colleague on Tuesday.

Now his family is preparing to have to take him off life support, she said.

“I never came home. He wasn’t even supposed to be here. Wrong place, wrong time,” Ms Cheetham said.

The devastated 24-year-old told the Publish from when she learned that Mr Williams was caught up in the attack.

“I was at work and my aunt called me and I picked up the phone and her voice was breaking and she just screamed. I knew straight away,” she said.

“I couldn’t even move for a good 30 minutes.”

Six Walmart employees were killed in the attack, including Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson. The sixth victim, a 16-year-old boy from Chesapeake, has not been publicly named because he is underage

(AP)

Ms Cheetham paid tribute to her cousin as ‘fun’, ‘outgoing’ and ‘humble’ with ‘a smile that lit up the room’.

She also revealed she knew Bing – the man accused of shooting her cousin – saying she often saw him in the Crestwood neighborhood where he grew up.

When she visited the store where he worked, he would recognize her and “wave” her, she said, adding, “You never thought someone like that would do something so extreme. Blake never spoke ill of the job or of André.

Ms Cheetham also has mutual friends with one of Gamble’s other victims and recalled one night they ‘had a ball’ dancing at a local bar.

The motive for Tuesday night’s horror attack remains unknown, but a law enforcement source told 10 On Your Side that a chilling “manifesto” was found on Bing’s cellphone following the attack.

In the manifesto, Bing laid out a potential motive for the shooting, saying he was “upset” about a recent change in employment status and complaining of being “harassed” by co-workers.

Several of Bing’s colleagues have also come forward to reveal that he had a lot of “issues” with other staff and displayed threatening behavior before the shooting.

Joshua Johnson, a former Walmart employee who worked as a maintenance worker at the store until 2019, said the 31-year-old gave a heartbreaking warning about what he could do if he lost his job .

“He said if he got fired from his job he would fight back and people would remember who he was,” Mr Johnson said. CN.

Another former employee, who worked with the alleged shooter at the store from 2015 to 2018, revealed he was paranoid that the government was watching him.

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

“He didn’t like being recorded. He was always afraid that the government would listen.

Police were called to report an active shooting at the store at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday.

The first officers arrived on the scene two minutes later at 10:14 p.m. and entered the store two minutes later at around 10:16 p.m.

Officers found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the break room with two of his alleged victims. Another victim was found dead near the front of the store. Three other victims were taken to hospital where they died of their injuries.

Andre Bing, 31, was identified as the Chesapeake Walmart shooter on November 22, 2022

(Chesapeake Police)

Police confirmed that Bing was armed with a handgun and multiple gun magazines and was wearing civilian clothes at the time of the attack.

A search warrant was executed at the suspect’s home following the shooting, with Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky confirming there was “no continuing risk to the public”.

Walmart confirmed that Bing was the store’s night shift supervisor and had worked at the company since 2010.

The mass shooting is just the latest to rock America, after a gunman opened fire inside an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday night.

Five people were killed and 17 others injured when suspected shooter Anderson Lee Aldrich opened fire inside Club Q in Colorado Springs on Saturday night.

The massacre ended when heroic onlookers tackled the gunman to the ground and held him until police arrived on the scene.

The five victims killed in this attack have been identified as Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Vance.

It came after another mass shooting in the state of Virginia on November 13, when three star University of Virginia football players were shot and killed as they returned to campus from a field trip. .

Classmate and former football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, allegedly opened fire on the bus.

Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler were killed in the attack, while two others were injured but survived.

Mr Jones was arrested the next day and charged with murder and other charges.

In 2019, a Walmart store was also the site of another horror shooting. A total of 23 people were killed in a mass shooting at a store in the city of El Paso, Texas.

Walmart shooting Chesapeake: Death toll likely to rise as worker, 23, expected to be taken off life support

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