Virginia Walmart Shooting Updates: At Least 50 In Store at Time of Shooting

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At Least 50 In Store at Time of Shooting

There were at least 50 people inside the Chesapeake Walmart at the time of the deadly shooting Tuesday night, according to police.

Chesapeake Police said they are still working to account for anyone who may have been at the store and witnessed the incident, but fled prior
to police arrival.

The Walmart store is expected to be closed for several days while detectives continue to collect evidence and process the crime scene.

A SWAT team executed a search warrant at the suspect, Andre Bings', home and "cleared the house" with the help of Virginia State Police.

According to WAVY-TV, there were no additional weapons, ammunition or anything relating to the victims inside Bing's home.

Federal agents are are assisting local and state authorities in the investigation.

The FBI office in Norfolk said it will continue to help Chesapeake Police. They set up a tip line for any information leading up to the incident.

"If you have any information to share, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI," the City of Chesapeake said.

"Detectives are working to learn more about the shooter's background and what may have motivated the shooting," Chesapeake Police said in a press release.

Police said Bing is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound before authorities arrived on the scene. He was armed with one handgun and several magazines and was not wearing any type of armor or ballistic vest, police added.

The names of the victims will be released after police make contact with all family members.

"It is of the utmost importance that we put their families first and approach the release of their information with sensitivity," police said.

Employees Just Had Active Shooter Training

A Walmart employee working at the Chesapeake store during Tuesday night's shooting said he had recently watched a training video for how to respond to an active shooter situation.

The employee, Kevin Harper, recorded a video on Facebook Live about his experience that has since been taken down, according to CNN. In the video, he reportedly said employees were recently instructed to watch the training video.

Harper later said active shooter training videos "don't prepare you for this" during an interview with ABC News.

"They give us all this footage to watch, you know, active shooters, but it don't prepare you for this," he said. "You don't know."

Harper told ABC News that his shift on Tuesday started as a "normal night." Harper said he doesn't typically spend time in the Walmart break room, but was there for a brief time before heading out to his assigned workspace. A short time later, Harper said he began hearing "muffled noises" that he said grew louder as the gunman left the break room.

Harper said he hid in a clothing rack once he saw people running. He said he then followed his instincts and fled the store.

"Time stopped," Harper said. "It felt like forever, getting out of that store."

When asked if he knew the Walmart employee police have named as the shooter, Harper said he worked the overnight shift with the man but didn't know him "personally."

Harper told ABC News he is "quite sure" that he will find out he knew some of the people who were fatally shot.

"Nobody deserves this," he said. "At the end of the day, this shouldn't have happened."

Two Victims Taken to Chesapeake Regional Hospital

Two wounded victims from the Walmart shooting were taken to Chesapeake Regional Healthcare for treatment.

According to WVEC-TV, one of the patients has a gunshot wound while the other person has a minor injury from something other than a gunshot.

The status of the victims is unknown at this time.

Poll Finds 57% in US Want Stricter Gun Laws

A new Gallup poll released this week found 57 percent of Americans said they want "stricter" gun laws, a 9 percent decline from the percentage of respondents who said the same in June.

The Gallup poll was conducted between October 3 and 20, before the latest round of mass shootings in the U.S. Its results were released on Monday, two days after the shooting at Club Q in Colorado and the day before the shooting at a Walmart in Virginia.

The latest polling results suggest a 5 percent increase in support for stricter gun laws since October 2021, according to Gallup. Pollsters said 86 percent of Democrats supported stricter gun laws in the latest poll, as did 27 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of independents. Ten percent of respondents told Gallup pollsters that they believe gun laws should be "made less strict" than they are now.

Support for gun safety legislation reached a high mark earlier this year following the May shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. By early June, a poll from NPR, PBS Newshour and Marist said support for controlling gun violence was at its highest point in about 10 years. Another poll released in August by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found 71 percent of Americans said they want stricter gun laws.

One Victim Shot in Ear, Back

Jalon Jones was identified as a Walmart shooting survivor.

According to WAVY-TV reporter Kiahnna Patterson, Jones was shot in the ear in the break room near the back of the store.

His mother, Kimberly Shupe, told the station that he then ran for his life and was shot again in the back.

"He thought he was going to die," Shupe told reporters outside Sentara Norfolk Hospital.

Jones, 24, remains in the ICU at Sentara. A hospital spokesperson told CBS News that Jones remains in critical condition.

He has reportedly worked the night shift at the Chesapeake Walmart for about a year.

FBI Seen Bagging Evidence at Suspect's Home

Law enforcement authorities are continuing to investigate the mass shooting at a Chesapeake, VA Walmart.

FBI agents were seen at suspect, Andre Bing's, home.

Reporters on the scene said agents were bagging evidence.

Hospital Was 'Briefly' on Lockdown

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital was placed on a short lockdown Tuesday night as the facility confirmed details about the shooting in Chesapeake, according to Michael Hooper, the hospital's chief medical officer.

Hooper was asked to confirm details about the lockdown while speaking with reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

"The hospital was briefly on lockdown," he said. "In any type of event like this, when there's a mass casualty and we have very few facts in terms of what is happening, why it's happening, we do that. So until we were certain that there was not an imminent threat to anyone in the building, we were on lockdown."

Hooper said two shooting victims remain in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit, and another victim is in "good condition." Hooper said he could not share details regarding the patients' identities or where they were shot.

The hospital said earlier Wednesday that two other victims who were taken to the hospital Tuesday night did not survive their injuries.

"Multiple" trauma surgeons and emergency department leaders were at the hospital Tuesday night to tend to the victims, Hooper said.

When asked how hospital staff members react to shootings like the one at the Chesapeake Walmart, Hooper said they think about how they will respond when the victims arrive.

"What goes through our mind is, how can we be ready for this," he said. "I think, as a human being, as a father, as a family member of many people, my thought goes into how do we, as a community, prevent this kind of thing from happening so that we don't have this occur in the first place."

Gunman Had One Handgun, 'Multiple' Magazines

The City of Chesapeake on Wednesday confirmed the identity of the person who carried out the Tuesday night shooting at a local Walmart and said the shooter had "multiple magazines" in his possession.

The city and Walmart have both identified the gunman as 31-year-old Andre Bing. Walmart said Bing was an "overnight team lead" who has worked for Walmart for more than a decade.

Bing "was armed with one handgun and had multiple magazines on his person," the city said in a Wednesday afternoon update on Twitter.

The city said officials are in the process of speaking with the families of the victims and will share information about those victims "as soon as possible."

Shooter Worked at Walmart Since 2010, Store Confirms

Walmart has confirmed the shooter was an employee named Andre Bing.

In a statement to Newsweek, the mega store corroborated previous reports that Bing was the shooter. Walmart said Bing worked as an overnight team lead and has been employed with them since 2010.

"We are focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families at this time," the store said in a statement.

Walmart said it is thankful for local first responders and said it will continue to work with law enforcement as the investigation continues.

'My Heart Hurts,' Walmart CEO Says

Walmart Inc. President and CEO Dough McMillon posted a statement Wednesday on LinkedIn about the Tuesday night shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.

McMillon said the "devastating news" of the shooting conducted by an employee "has hit our Walmart family hard."

"My heart hurts for our associates and the Chesapeake community who have lost or injured loved ones," McMillon said. "We are here for them today and in the challenging days ahead they will have our support."

The CEO concluded his statement by expressing appreciation for Walmart employees, Chesapeake officials and first responders who "are already on site helping offer support as we work together to navigate this tragedy."

The devastating news of last night's shooting at our Chesapeake, VA store at the hands of one of our associates has hit our Walmart family hard. My heart hurts for our associates and the Chesapeake...

John Furner, the president and CEO of Walmart US, also responded to the shooting in an email sent to U.S. Walmart employees. In the email, a copy of which was obtained and shared on Twitter by a reporter with Business Insider, Furner said the shooting was "especially painful as we have learned the gunman was a Walmart associate." He said Walmart doesn't "have any reason to believe there is a continued threat" to the Chesapeake area "or any other Walmart facility."

"The entire Walmart family is heartbroken," Furner wrote. "Our hearts and prayers are with those impacted, and we are grateful for the actions of first responders."

Furner's email went on to say Walmart has been "working quickly" to provide support to employees at the Chesapeake store and others who live in that community. Officials with Walmart's Emergency Operations Center and Resources for Living were among those traveling to Chesapeake to provide assistance.

Shooter Identified as 'Team Lead' Andre Bing, Report

The Walmart shooter has been identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, Walmart said in a statement to Newsweek Wednesday.

Bing was a "team lead" for the Chesapeake Walmart's overnight shift.

Police have yet to publicly identify to shooter, telling reporters this morning they had not reached any next of kin. Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky told reporters Wednesday morning that the shooter was an employee of the store.

Witness Heard Shooter Laughing

A witness inside the Walmart when the shooting occurred said she believes the shooting was planned and targeted.

The witness told WAVY-TV there were 14 employees in the meeting room waiting to learn about their duties for the day when the shooting began.

She said she heard the suspect, who was a manager at the store, laughing.

"It didn't even look real until you could feel the gun go off," the witness, who was only on her fifth day working at that Walmart, said. "I will never go back in that store again. I cannot, I can't even leave my front door."

The witness said the shooter "had issues" with other managers at the store, leading her to believe the shooter planned the attack.

Police Say Three Victims Died in the Store, Three in Hospitals

Chesapeake Police shared an update on the seven deceased victims of the Walmart shooting.

According to police, three individuals, including the shooter, were located deceased in the break room of the store and one victim was located deceased toward the front of the store.

Three other victims were transported to local hospitals for further treatment, "but succumbed to their injuries," police said.

The police said they are continuing to work with the victim's families before they release their identities.

At least five other victims were taken to local hospitals for further medical treatment. The police said they know of one person in critical condition and are working with area hospitals to determine any other self-reported injuries.

Police said additional updates will be shares within the hour.

FBI Surrounds Sedan Parked Outside

FBI agents appeared to assess a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot Wednesday morning.

Photos taken at the scene and shared by local reporters on Twitter showed FBI vehicles parked around what appeared to be a green Ford sedan. The sedan was reportedly about 100 yards away from the entrance of the Walmart at which an employee shot several people Tuesday night.

Agents were assessing the vehicle for "a couple" of hours on Wednesday, according to a WVEC-TV reporter. The station reported that law enforcement officials have not said whether they believe the sedan that agents surrounded belonged to the employee who carried out the shooting.

The FBI's Norfolk field office said Wednesday that agents are helping the Chesapeake Police Department with the investigation into the shooting. FBI Norfolk urged anyone who believes they may have information about the shooting or the gunman to call the FBI's tip line.

Loudoun County Bolsters Police Presence at Shopping Centers

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has increased its presence in shopping centers following the shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart Tuesday night.

The county sheriff said this is a "proactive measure" during the "busy shopping season."

"There is no known threat to our community," the Loudoun County Sheriff's office said.

Loudoun County is in the northeast part of the commonwealth on the border with Maryland outside the Washington D.C. metro area.

Police in the Loudoun County city of Leesburg urge residents "if you see something, say something."

Two Victims Died in Hospital, Two in Critical Condition

Two patients taken to the hospital following the Walmart shooting have died, according to Sentra Norfolk General Hospital.

Five patients were taken to Sentra after an employee opened fire in a Chesapeake Walmart.

Two of those patients have passed away, two remain in critical condition and one is in good condition, the hospital said in a statement on Twitter.

Michael Hooper, the VP and Chief Medical Officers at Sentra Norfolk told CNN that he does not know if these two deaths are part of the official death toll or add to what police previously reported.

At a press conference Wednesday morning, officials said six people died and four victims were taken to area hospitals with conditions unknown.

"We will continue to coordinate with local law enforcement and support families and our communities in any way possible," the hospital said in a tweet.

Reports of Chesapeake Target Shooting 'False Alarm'

Officials say reports of a mass shooting at a Target in Chesapeake, VA was a false alarm.

Following the shooting at a local Walmart, employees were seen running out of a Target in Greenbrier.

WVEC-TV reporter Dan Kennedy said police checked the scene, talked to the suspected armed person and determined that that person was not armed and no shots were fired.

Both police and employees told reporters outside the store that the shooting was a "false alarm."

The scene was cleared and employees were seen walking back into the store.

A customer told WJLA-TV that she was checking out when she heard an employee shout that someone had a gun. Police then rushed in and told everyone to "get down and hide."

The city of Chesapeake also clarified that the reports of a shooting at Target were false and asks the public to be aware of spreading rumors following the Walmart shooting.

"Rumors of an active shooter at Target in Chesapeake are UNTRUE," the city said in a tweet. "Please help us control rumors by only sharing information from this account."

Biden Mourns More 'Empty Seats' This Thanksgiving

President Joe Biden shared his condolences with the families who lost loved ones in the shooting at a Virginia Walmart days before Thanksgiving.

"Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, one of our most cherished holidays that brings us together as Americans and as families, when we hug our loved ones and count our blessings," Biden said in a statement. "But because of yet another horrific and senseless act of violence, there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving."

He said now more families know "the worst kind of loss and pain imaginable."

Biden and his wife Jill grieve for those families, for the Chesapeake community, and for the Commonwealth of Virginia, "which just suffered a terrible shooting at the University of Virginia this month."

They are also mourning all of those across the country who have lost loved ones to these "tragic shootings that we must come together as a nation to stand against."

Biden said he has directed federal officials to provide any support and assistance Chesapeake, VA will need.

Youngkin Said Virginians Hearts Are Broken Yet Again

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said the investigation into the Walmart shooting in Chesapeake, VA is ongoing.

"It is just a horrendous event," he said. "Our hearts are just completely broken yet against in the Commonwealth of Virginia."

He added that acts of violence "have no place in our communities."

Youngkin added that his job today is to support the families "facing the unthinkable" amid the loss of loved ones.

"I would ask all Virginians to find a way today to put their own needs aside and to do something to help others," he said.

This comes after three University of Virginia (UVA) students were killed on November 13 in a shooting.

Employee Describes How Colleague 'Just Opened Fire' In Break Room

Walmart employee Briana Tyler told ABC's Good Morning America that she had narrowly missed being shot.

She said employees had gathered in the store's break room for a meeting ahead of their shifts.

"I looked up, and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire," she said.

"He wasn't aimed at anybody specifically... started shooting throughout the entire break roon and I watched multiple people just drop down to the floor."

Tyler said the shooter "looked directly at me but he luckily he missed my head by like an inch or two."

Throughout the gunfire, Tyler said the shooter "didn't say a word, he didn't say anything at all."

Shooting at Chesapeake Walmart: Timeline of Events

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky outlined the timeline of events around the shooting at Walmart last night.

He said, "Our 911 Dispatch centre received the first call at 10:12pm last night. The first officers arrived on scene within two minutes at 10:14 and entered the store approximately two minutes later at 10:16. The first responding officers entered the store and the scene was declared safe by 11:20 p.m."

Chesapeake Police Provide 8 a.m. Update on Walmart Shooting

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky held a press conference at 8 a.m. EST to clarify the events of last night. He shared the information they can currently give in this ongoing investigation.

  • Six victims have died and four victims are in area hospitals with conditions unknown.
  • The suspect is dead from what police believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • The suspect was a Walmart employee, but his position cannot be confirmed.
  • Police can not yet identify the suspect as his next of kin has not yet been informed.
  • Police cannot confirm if all the victims were Walmart employees.
  • Solesky confirmed that a pistol was used in the shooting but he did not provide any details about a motive.
  • Police say there is no risk to the public at this time.

Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears Pays Tribute To Victims

Virginia's Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears tweeted: "Our hearts break for the victims in Chesapeake and the families who've lost loved ones in another senseless act of violence. Praying for our Commonwealth."

Earle-Sears is a fierce defender of gun rights and posed with an assault-style rifle while running for office last year.

At a National Rifle Association meeting days after the Uvalde school shooting, she insisted that guns were not the problem and blamed other factors including a lack of prayer in schools, "emasculated" men and pandemic safety protocols.

'Proud Gun Owner' Governor Youngkin Reacts to Chesapeake Shooting

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has posted a statement in response to the Walmart shooting.

"Our hearts break with the community of Chesapeake this morning," he said on Twitter. "I remain in contact with law enforcement officials throughout this morning and have made available any resources as this investigation moves forward. Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities."

It comes after Youngkin sparked backlash for describing a recent mass shooting that left three University of Virginia students dead as an "event."

Youngkin, a Republican who has described himself as a "proud gun owner," has repeatedly faced calls for laws to help curb gun violence in his state.

He made it clear that he would not support any gun control measures while running for governor.

"I think we need to be fully clear: None," he said in April last year when asked what gun safety legislation he would support.

Chesapeake Mayor Condemns 'Senseless Act of Violence'

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West has just released a statement.

"I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place last night in our City," West said.

"My prayers are with all those affected - the victims, their family, their friends, and their coworkers. I am grateful for the quick actions taken by our first responders who rushed to the scene."

Chesapeake is "a tightknit community" and "we are all shaken by the news," West added. "Together, we will support each other throughout this time. Please keep us in your prayers."

Chesapeake Attack Is 31st Mass Shooting This Month in U.S.

The Walmart shooting is also the 31st mass shooting to take place in the U.S. this month.

The 30 shootings that occurred in the first 20 days of November killed 34 people and injured 128, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Police now say seven people, including the shooter, were killed in Tuesday's shooting at the Walmart in Chesapeake.

Saturday night's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs was among the deadliest this month—5 people were killed and 17 others wounded.

The GVA defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or people are shot or killed, not including the shooter.

Chesapeake Police Confirm No Additional Shooter

Police in Chesapeake have said there is no indication that there was an additional shooter in Tuesday night's Walmart attack.

Police said overnight that there was one shooter, who is now dead - but reports later suggested that authorities had not ruled out the possibility of an additional shooter.

"There is NO indication of an additional shooter," a Chesapeake city spokesperson told Newsweek.

Police Confirm 7 People Died in Walmart Shooting

It has just been confirmed that seven people died in the Walmart shooting in Virginia, including the shooter.

In a tweet at 4.30 a.m. EST, authorities wrote, "Chesapeake Police confirm 7 fatalities, including the shooter, from last night's shooting at Walmart on Sam's Circle."

A further press conference will be held at 8 a.m. EST to update the media and the public.

This is the 20th mass shooting incident in the state of Virginia in 2022 so far, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Walmart Incident Is Virginia's 20th Mass Shooting of 2022

Tuesday night's incident is the 20th mass shooting to take place in Virginia this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

The shootings which occurred prior to this 20th incident left 30 people dead and 69 injured, the nonprofit research group's database shows. Newsweek is not yet including the toll for the Walmart shooting as those details have yet to be confirmed.

Mass shootings in Virginia include one that took place on November 13, which left three University of Virginia football players dead and sparked a 12-hour campus lockdown before the suspect was taken into custody.

Another shooting on October 16 left eight people injured after a gunman opened fire at an outdoor gathering near the James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

The GVA defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or people are shot or killed, not including the shooter.

Chesapeake Police Will Hold News Conference at 8 a.m. EST

Chesapeake police will provide an update to the media and the public later this morning.

Writing on Twitter, the force said, "A news conference in response to the Walmart active shooter will be held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23 at the Public Safety Operations Center, 2130 S Military Hwy."

Leo Kosinski from Chesapeake police spoke at the scene overnight, where he reported multiple fatalities and multiple other injured parties. He also confirmed the shooter was dead.

Chesapeake Local Jay Pharoah Posts About Attack on Instagram

The actor and former SNL star Jay Pharoah is from Chesapeake, and has posted about the incident on Instagram.

He wrote, "This happened right down the street from my neighborhood in Chesapeake at the Walmart that my family and I have gone to for years. My heart is broken for those who aren't getting a chance to come home and my condolences to the families who have to suffer through their losses."

He continued, "If I'm thankful for anything this holiday it's my families life and mine. Thank God we didn't get caught in it, my mother was just there today, I pray everybody I know is okay. I pray for those who I don't know. Pray for Chesapeake, keep Va in your hearts this holiday season."

Walmart Employee Claims Manager Launched Attack in Break Room

A Walmart employee has said it was a manager who shot people in a break room at a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday night.

"It was the manager," the employee said in a Facebook livestream that has been shared widely on Twitter.

"I just left out a break room, manager come in there... started shooting bro," he said in the video, adding, "We lost a few of our associates. I don't know how many."

Lawmakers 'Sickened' and 'Heartbroken' Over Chesapeake

Reactions to the shooting are coming in from lawmakers and activists.

State Sen. Louise Lucas said she was "absolutely heartbroken that America's latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district in Chesapeake, Virginia tonight."

Lucas added: "I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country that has taken so many lives."

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, tweeted that he is "sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake."

Warner added: "I'll be monitoring developments closely. In the meantime, I urge all those in the community to listen to guidance from local law enforcement and stay away from the scene."

Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote: "The soul of our nation is sick. Slaughter, devastation, bloodied 'safe places.' This is what happens when the right to own guns supersedes shared responsibility for community. Mourning with Chesapeake, Charlottesville, and Colorado Springs."

Walmart 'Shocked' by Mass Shooting at Virginia Store

Walmart has issued a statement responding to the shooting.

"We are shocked at this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store," the company tweeted early Wednesday.

"We're praying for those impacted, the community and our associates. We're working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates."