A supermarket manager Walmart shot dead six people in a local in USA packed with shoppers for Thanksgiving, and then committed suicide, authorities said Wednesday, in the second mass shooting in the country in four days.
Four other people remained hospitalized in unknown condition after the shooting that occurred Tuesday night in the city of Chesapeakein the state of Virginia (east), Police Chief Mark Solesky said.
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At a press conference, Solesky said it was believed that the gunman had died of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” and that the reason for the attack was not yet known.
City authorities identified the attacker as André Bing31 years old and resident of Chesapeakeand they said that he was armed with a pistol and several magazines.
Walmartthe largest retailer of USA, confirmed that Bing was a night shift manager, employed by the company since 2010.
briana tyleran employee of Walmart who survived the attack described scenes of terror as the attacker entered a staff break room and opened fire.
“I wasn’t targeting anyone specifically,” Tyler told ABC. “He literally started shooting all over the break room and I saw multiple people fall to the floor.”
The employee said the gunman looked directly at her and fired, but missed by just inches. He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all. Tyler pointed out.
The massacre occurred two days before Thanksgiving.the quintessential American family party that takes place this Thursday, and after a weekend shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado that left five dead.
It was also the second mass shooting in the state of Virginia this month: Three University of Virginia students who were playing on their soccer team were killed on November 13 by a classmate.
President Joe Biden He condemned what happened and called for stricter gun control laws. “Due to yet another horrific and senseless act of violence, there will now be even more tables across the country with empty seats this Thanksgiving,” he said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the first emergency calls were made shortly after 10:00 p.m. (0300 GMT Wednesday) while the store was still open. Chesapeake It is about 240 kilometers southeast of the US capital, Washington.
Officers entered shortly thereafter, Solesky said.
The shooter and two victims were found dead in the break room, while another body was found in front of the store. Three people later died at the hospital.
The youngest victim was 16 years old, according to the authorities.
Terri Brown, who was in Walmart but left just before the shooting, he said the store was packed with shoppers.
“It was extremely crowded”, Brown told 13NewsNow, a local ABC affiliate station. “All the checkouts were very busy (and) there were long lines at the self-service checkouts.”
In the store’s parking lot Wednesday, flowers and small white electric candles honoring the victims were placed below crime scene tape. White, blue and gold balloons tied to a tree moved in the wind.
Susan Neal Matousek stopped by the memorial display to “give my condolences,” she told AFP.
“I couldn’t imagine losing someone right before Thanksgiving.” recounted this retired 57-year-old teacher.
Walmart said in a statement Wednesday that it was cooperating with the investigation.
Attacks with firearms in supermarkets in USA they have become increasingly common in recent years.
In May, a teenager killed 10 people, mostly black, at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, in May. Last year, a shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, also left 10 people dead. And in 2019, a young man killed 23 people and injured 26 others at a Walmart location in El Paso, Texas.
According to the NGO Guns Down America, from January 1, 2020 to May 14 of this year, there were 448 “gun incidents” and 137 deaths at 12 large national retail stores.
“It could have been me,” Edna Dunham, a Chesapeake resident, told CBS News.
Tyler, the Walmart employee, told ABC that the manager in question had a reputation for having a difficult character.
“There was always something going on with him” or “he had a problem with someone,” she said, but still noted: “I never would have thought I would do something like that.”