WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A shooting at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, left several people dead and others injured on Tuesday night.
- Store staff said that the gunman was his Walmart manager who “started capping people” in the break room.
- At least seven people are dead, including the gunman.
Six people have been shot dead after a Walmart manager allegedly burst into the store’s staff room and opened fire on employees, a witness has said.
The late-night incident at the supermarket in Chesapeake, Virginia, resulted in multiple fatalities and multiple injured parties, police officer Leo Kosinski told reporters at the scene.
A man wearing a Walmart uniform filmed from the car park, and posted on social media saying: “It was the manager. One of the managers.”
“I just left the break room, the manager come in there and started capping people up in there, started shooting. Sadly we lost a few of our associates… He came in and started spraying.”
It is understood the gunman then shot himself. Multiple people were also injured.
The exact number of fatalities remained unclear. Kosinski told reporters that police believed no more than 10 people were killed.
Rapid response officers entered the store “immediately” after they arrived, he added.
“We believe it is a single shooter and that single shooter is deceased at this time,” he said.
The City of Chesapeake tweeted that police did confirm an active shooter incident with fatalities at the Walmart on Sam’s Circle.
“Our first responders are well-trained and prepared to respond; please give them space to do so,” it added.
News footage showed a major police presence at the scene. Kosinski said several officers and investigators were combing through the store and securing the area.
The shooting occurred at a major retailer less than 48 hours before Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.
“Tragically, our community is suffering from yet another incident of senseless gun violence just as families are gathering for Thanksgiving,” tweeted Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia.
The incident occurred three nights after a gunman opened fire inside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring at least 18, in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
Authorities said the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, had used a long rifle at the club. Attendees had been marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which pays tribute to trans people targeted in violent attacks.
Gun violence occurs at an alarming rate in the United States. More than 600 mass shootings have occurred so far in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Source: Daily Mail