A Walmart worker opened fireplace at a retailer in Virginia, killing six folks, police mentioned Wednesday. The assailant additionally killed himself.
A storekeeper advised a neighborhood TV station that the shop in Chesapeake was busy simply earlier than the Tuesday evening capturing, with folks stocking up forward of the Thanksgiving vacation.
Police Chief Mark G. Soleski mentioned there was no obvious motive for the capturing, which led to 4 folks being hospitalized. The gunman’s dwelling was searched, however Solsky didn’t reveal his identify, saying solely that he was a Walmart worker.
“I’m devastated by the mindless act of violence late final evening in our metropolis,” Mayor Rick W. West mentioned in a press release posted to town’s Twitter account on Wednesday. “Chesapeake is a tight-knit group and we’re all shaken by this information.”
Watch the police describe their response to the chaotic scene upon arrival:
Joetta Jeffery advised CNN she obtained textual content messages from her mom, who was inside the shop when the photographs rang out. His mom, Betsy Umflett, was not injured.
“I am crying, I am shaking,” Jeffrey mentioned. “I talked to him about shopping for a turkey for Thanksgiving, then this textual content got here.”
Camille Buggs, a former Walmart worker, advised the paper that she went to a neighborhood conference middle to inquire about her former co-workers.
“You at all times say you do not assume it will be in your metropolis, your neighborhood, your retailer — your favourite retailer, and that is what stunned me,” mentioned Buggs, 58, of Chesapeake.
Walmart tweeted early Wednesday that it was “surprised by this tragic incident.”
Our hearts are damaged with the group of Chesapeake this morning. I’ve been in touch with legislation enforcement officers since this morning and have made any sources out there as this investigation progresses. Heinous acts of violence haven’t any place in our communities.
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner mentioned in a tweet that he was “horrified by the information of one other mass capturing, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.”
Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin additionally expressed his condolences and mentioned the state stood prepared to help with no matter sources the investigation would require.
Chesapeake, which is the second largest metropolis in Virginia, is positioned subsequent to the seaside communities of Norfolk and Virginia Seaside.
Earlier this 12 months, the nation was rocked by mass shootings at a Buffalo grocery retailer and an elementary college in Uvalde, Texas.
The US has seen mass shootings at Walmart shops earlier than, most notably in 2019 when police say a gunman opened fireplace at a retailer in El Paso and killed 22 folks. The accused was arrested however has not but confronted trial in that case.