One Walmart An employee opened fire at a store in Virginia, killing six people, the second shocking mass murder in the country within days, police said on Wednesday. . The attacker also committed suicide.
A store in the Chesapeake was very busy just before Tuesday night’s shooting with shoppers ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, one shopper says a local television station.
Police Chief Mark G. Solesky said there was no clear motive for the shooting, which sent four people to the hospital. The gunman’s home was searched, but Solesky did not give his name, saying only that he was a Walmart employee because his family was not notified.
“I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place last night in our city,” Mayor Rick W. West said in a statement posted on the city’s website. Twitter fourth account. “Chesapeake is a close-knit community and we are all shaken by this news.”
Joetta Jeffery told CNN that she received a text message from her mother, who was in the store when the shooting occurred. Her mother, Betsy Umphlett, was not injured.
“I’m crying, I’m shaking,” Jeffery said. “I was just talking to her about buying turkey for Thanksgiving, when this message came in.”
A database operated by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University keep track of every serial killer in the US going back to 2006, the shows this year were particularly bad. The United States has now had 40 mass murders this year, second to 45 in all of 2019. The database defines a mass murder as at least four people killed, never including killers.
The Walmart attack occurred three days after a person Open fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and injuring 17. Earlier this year, the country was shaken by 21 people died when a gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Officer Leo Kosinski said the shooting appeared to have stopped when police arrived at the store in Chesapeake. The city is Virginia’s second largest and is located next to the coastal communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Sentara Healthcare, said in a text message that five patients from Walmart are being treated at Norfolk General Hospital. Their conditions are not immediately available.
One man was seen crying at the hospital after learning his brother had died, and others screaming as they left a convention center set up as a family reunion center. Virginian-Pilot reports.
Camille Buggs, a former Walmart employee, told the newspaper that she went to the convention center to seek information about her former colleagues.
“You always say you don’t think it’s going to happen in your town, in your neighborhood, in your store – in your favorite store and that’s what shocks me,” Buggs, 58 years old, from Chesapeake, said.
Walmart tweeted early Wednesday that it was “shocked by this tragic event.”
US Senator Mark Warner said in a tweet that he was “sick of reports of another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.”
State Senator Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiments, writing on Twitter that she was “absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place at a Walmart in my county.”
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