APTOPIX Walmart Mass Shooting

A Virginia Walmart employee fatally shot co-workers, killing 6

Chesapeake, Va. (AP) — A Walmart manager opened fire on fellow employees gathered in the break room of the Virginia store, a witness said Wednesday. Six people were killed in the country The second high-profile mass killing within a few days.

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Chesapeake Police Chief Mark J Suleski said the gunman also killed himself. There was no clear motive for the shooting, which also left four people in hospital.

A shopper told a local TV station that the store was busy shortly before the shooting on Tuesday night, as people stocked up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Employee Brianna Tyler told ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​that workers had gathered in the store’s break room as part of their regular routine before their shifts.

“I looked up, and my boss just opened the door and he just opened fire,” she said, adding that “several people” fell to the ground.

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all,” she said.

The gunman’s house was searched. Soleski confirmed that he is a Walmart employee but did not give his name because his family was not notified.

Mayor Rick W. West said in a statement posted on the website City Twitter account Wednesday. “Chesapeake is a close-knit community and we are all shocked by this news.”

A database run by the Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks every mass killing in America since 2006 shows that this year has been particularly bad. The US has had 40 mass killings so far this year, second only to the 45 during all of 2019. The database defines mass murder as killing at least four people, not including the killer.

The Walmart attack came three days after someone opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17. Earlier in the year, the country was shaken by the death of 21 when a gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde. , Texas.

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Tuesday’s shooting brought back memories of another Walmart in 2019, when a gunman who police said was targeting Mexicans fired. In a store in El Paso, Texasand killed 22 people.

Officer Leo Kosinski said the shooting appeared to have stopped when police arrived at the store in Chesapeake. The city is the second largest city in Virginia and is located next to the coastal communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Gweta Jeffrey told CNN that she received text messages from her mother, who was inside the store when the shots were fired. Her mother, Betsy Amphlett, was not injured.

“I’m crying,” said Jeffrey. “I’m shaking.” “I just talked to her about buying a turkey for Thanksgiving, and then this text came up.”

The Virginian Pilot reported that a man was seen crying in the hospital after learning of his brother’s death, and others shouted as they left a convention center set up as a family reunion center.

Camille Boggs, a former Walmart employee, told the newspaper that she went to the convention center to get information about her former co-workers.

“You always say you don’t think this will happen in your town, in your neighborhood, in your store — in your favorite store and that’s the thing that hits me,” said Buggs, 58, of Chesapeake.

Walmart tweeted early Wednesday that it was “shocked by this tragic event.”

US Senator Mark Warner said in a tweet that he was “sickened by reports of another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in the Chesapeake.”

State Senator Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiments, tweeting that she was “so sad that the latest mass shooting in America took place at a Walmart in my neighborhood.”

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