What we know so far
- A shooting at a Virginia Walmart has killed at least six people
- A Chesapeake Police report indicates that four victims remain in hospitals with unknown conditions.
- It was revealed that the gunman was a 31-year-old Walmart employee.
- According to CNN, the shooter was a store manager. CNN reports that investigators believe he opened fire on other employees in a break room.
Brian Pendleton, shooting victim, is remembered by co-workers
The Walmart employee Joshua Johnson told CNN that Brian Pendleton trained him when he started working at the store in Chesapeake in 2009.
According to Johnson, Brian was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. “He never had any problems with anyone.”
As a result of a shooting at Walmart on Tuesday night, Pendleton, 38, was one of six people killed.
She only spoke to Pendleton a month ago, according to Shaundrayia Reese, a former Walmart employee.
"He was sweet. He was kind. He always looked out for people. He never had a bad bone in his body," she said.
“Walmart has always been like a family,” she added. “It hurts because I lost someone I really cared about.”
A stronger community will emerge from the tragedy in Chesapeake, Virginia, according to Mayor Rick West. As part of a video message on Wednesday, the mayor expressed his gratitude to people throughout the country for their support after the mass shooting at a Walmart that left at least six people dead.
My knowledge of this community is extensive. As West said in the video, “I know that we will come together and lend a helping hand to the families of the victims.”.
Who was the Walmart Shooter?
Six employees were killed in a Virginia Walmart store on Wednesday when a supervisor armed with a handgun and several magazines of ammunition opened fire on them, witnesses and police said.
This is the second mass shooting in the country in as many weeks. The first was in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where a gunman killed five at an LBGTQ nightclub last weekend.
According to two employees in the break room, where the rampage ended and the gunman committed suicide, the Virginia gunman, Andre Bing, 31, of Chesapeake, said nothing as he began firing on workers gathered before their overnight shift.
“I just watched 3 of my coworkers/friends be killed in front of me,” Donya Prioleau wrote in a Facebook post. “Andre killed them in cold blood … I cannot unsee what happened in that break room.”
The attack occurred while approximately 50 people were inside a cavernous Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, about 250,000 miles from Washington D.C. Three people were reported injured.
According to a cousin, Randy Blevins, 70, was planning to retire within a year, and was among the dead. Police did not identify the 16-year-old boy.
Tyneka Johnson, 22, of one of Chesapeake’s neighboring towns, and Kellie Pyle, 52, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, and Randy Blevins, 70, were also killed.