According to authorities, a shooter opened fire at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, killing at least seven people. The person who opened fire and then turned the gun on himself is believed to be the store manager. He is now dead. An earlier tweet from the City of Chesapeake confirmed an “active shooter situation with fatalities.” Several more people were hurt in the shooting. The attacker’s motivation is still unknown.
Police informed reporters that the attack occurred at 22:12 local time (03:12 GMT). An online video purported to depict an eyewitness explaining what happened while wearing a Walmart uniform. He claimed that a manager went in after leaving the staff room and started shooting.
The man replied, explaining that he did not know how many of his coworkers had been shot, “Unfortunately, we lost a number of our associates.” According to Leo Kosinski, a spokesman for the police, the shooting is thought to have taken place inside the store, and the suspect acted alone.
Walmart expressed shock at the unfortunate incident and stated it was “working closely with law enforcement.” Chesapeake police are anticipated to provide further information later on Wednesday morning. Local television station WAVY-TV cited a Sentara Norfolk General Hospital representative claiming that five patients were receiving care there.
One woman informed WAVY-TV that her 20-year-old brother, a shop employee, was shot just ten minutes after reporting for duty. However, she claimed that her sibling could still send and receive SMS, calling this “comforting.” Another woman, Joetta Jeffery, revealed to CNN that her mother had been inside the structure at the time of the attack and had been able to exchange texts.
According to Ms Jeffrey, her mother was shocked but not wounded. Senator for Virginia and a Democrat, Mark Warner, tweeted that he was “sickened by reports of yet another horrific massacre.” A democratic state senator from Virginia, L. Louise Lucas, stated she was “very heartbroken.”
“I won’t stop until we find the solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country,” she declared on Twitter. The shooting on Tuesday night happened just a few days after a gunman in the US state of Colorado opened fire at an LGBT bar, killing five people and injuring 17. Twenty-three people were killed in a Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, in 2019.