Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing 6

CHESAPEAKE (US): A Walmart executive opened fire on employees in the break room of a Virginia store, killing six people in the second mass shooting in the country in four days, police and witnesses said Wednesday.
The gunman, who appeared to have shot himself, was dead when police found him, police said. With no clear motive for the shooting, the shooting also left at least six people injured, including one in critical condition.
A store in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second largest city, was crowded shortly before Tuesday night’s attack as people shopped ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, one shopper told a local television station.
Briana’s staff tyler said the overnight stocking team of 15 to 20 people had just gathered in the break room to approve the morning plan. She said the meeting was about to start and one team leader said, “Okay guys, we have a bright night ahead,” when another team leader, Andre, 31, said. Bingturned around and opened fire on the employee.
Tyler said: “Thank God a bullet missed me. “I saw smoke coming out of the gun, and I actually witnessed bodies falling. It was crazy.”
Officials said on the city’s Twitter account that three of the dead, including Bing, were found in the break room. One of the slain victims was found near the front of the store. Three others were taken to hospital where they died of their injuries.
Walmart said in a statement that Bing was the overnight team leader and has been with the company since 2010.
At first, Tyler didn’t think the shooting was real. “It all happened so fast. I think it’s kind of like an experiment. Like, if you have an active shooter, this is how you react.”
Tyler, who had worked with Bing the night before, said he wasn’t specifically targeting anyone.
“He just shot all over the room. It doesn’t matter who he hits. He didn’t say anything. He doesn’t look at anyone in any particular way.”
Tyler, who started at Walmart two months ago, said she’s never had a negative issue with Bing, but others told her he’s a “manager to watch out for.” She said Bing has a history of writing on people for no reason.
“Honestly, he just loves to pick. I think he’s just looking for the little things to do, because he’s authoritative. That’s just his type of person. That’s what a lot of people have said about him,” she said.
A neighbor, Alicia McDuffie, said police “besieged the whole street” in the middle of the night and stormed into Bing’s home. her mother, Vera McDuffiesaw officers approaching Bing’s front door with a pounding ram.
Chesapeake Sheriff Mark G. Solesky said Bing was using a pistol, and police later said he had multiple magazines. Solesky could not confirm whether the victims were employees.
Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk TV station WAVY that she was hiding under a desk, and Bing looked at her and pointed a gun at her. He told her to go home, and she left.
The attack was the second time in more than a week Virginia had a major mass shooting. Three University of Virginia football players were shot dead on a rented bus as they returned to campus from a field trip on Nov. 13. Two other students were injured.
The Walmart attack comes three days after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17. Last spring, the country was shaken by the deaths of 21 people when a gunman stormed into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Tuesday night’s shooting also brought back memories of another Walmart incident in 2019, when a gunman targeting a Mexican opened fire on a store in El Paso, Texas, and killed 22 people.
A database run by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University tracking every mass murder in the US since 2006 shows the US now has 40 mass murders so far in 2022. Compared to the 45 cases for all of 2019, the year-high in the database, defines a mass murder as at least four people killed, excluding the killer.
The database defines a mass murder as at least four people killed, not including the killer.
According to the database, more than a quarter of mass murders have occurred since October 21, spanning eight states and claiming the lives of 51 people. Nine of those 11 incidents were shootings.
Notably, the database doesn’t include the recent shooting at the University of Virginia because that attack didn’t reach the four-death threshold, excluding the shooter.
Chairperson Joe Biden tweeted that he and the first lady are grieving the families of the victims. “We mourn those who will have empty seats at the Thanksgiving table because of these tragic events – we must take greater action.”
A 911 call about the shooting came shortly after 10 p.m. Solesky did not know how many shoppers were inside, whether the gunman acted or whether security guards were present.
Kimberly ShupeWalmart employee’s mother Jalon Jones, told reporters that her 24-year-old son had been shot in the back. She said he was in good condition and able to talk on Wednesday, after initially being put on a ventilator.
Shupe said she learned about the shooting from a friend, who went to a family reunification center to find Jones.
“If he doesn’t answer the phone, he doesn’t respond to text messages, and there’s a shooting at his workplace, you just put two and two together,” Shupe said. “I was shocked at first, but in the end, I just thought, he’ll be fine.”
Walmart said in a statement that it is working with law enforcement and is “focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and families.”
Following the El Paso shooting, in September 2019, the company made the decision to stop selling certain ammunition and ask customers to no longer openly carry guns in its stores.
It stopped selling pistol ammunition as well as short-barreled rifle ammunition, such as the 0.223 caliber and 5.56 caliber used in military-style weapons. Walmart also stopped selling handguns in Alaska.
The company stopped selling handguns in the mid-1990s in every state except Alaska. The latest move marks the company’s complete exit from that business, allowing it to focus solely on shotguns and related ammunition.
Many of their stores are in rural areas, where hunters depend on Walmart to buy their gear.
Tyler’s grandfather, Richard Tatesaid he took his niece to her 10 p.m. shift, then parked the car and went in to buy some dish soap.
When he first heard gunfire, he thought it might be a balloon exploding. But he quickly saw other customers and employees flee, and he ran away as well.
Tate comes to his car and calls his niece.
“I could tell she was very upset,” he said. “But I can also say she’s alive.”


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