Walmart shooting - live: Suspect Andre Bing had history of ‘issues’ with coworkers as victims identified

A Walmart employee has shot and killed six people in a mass shooting inside a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, before turning the gun on himself, according to authorities.

Police were called to the store at around 10.12pm on Tuesday night to find multiple people dead and injured on the scene.

Six victims were killed in the attack and another four remained in hospital with injuries as of Wednesday morning.

A statement from Walmart confirmed the identity of the alleged shooter as Andre Bing, the overnight team lead, who has been employed by the company since 2010.

Police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home in the aftermath of the shooting and have determined that there is “no ongoing risk to the public”, said the police chief.

In a statement from police on Wednesday afternoon, five of the victims were named. A sixth is a minor and so his name was not released.

A motive for the shooting is unknown, but witnesses have said they believe it was planned and he specifically targeted coworkers.

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Names of five adult victims released by police

06:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Chesapeake Police have released the names of the adult victims of Tuesday night’s mass shooting at the local Walmart.

A sixth, 16-year-old minor has not been named.

Chesapeake Police release names of Walmart shooting victims

What we know about alleged gunman in Chesapeake Walmart mass shooting

06:09 , Shweta Sharma

Andre Bing, a 31-year-old from Chesapeake, is accused of opening fire inside the break room of the store on Sam’s Circle at around 10pm on Tuesday, before turning the gun on himself.

At a press conference hours earlier, authorities confirmed that the gunman was a disgruntled male store employee.

“The alleged shooter has been identified as Andre Bing. We can confirm that he was a Walmart associate,” the Walmart statement read. “Andre’s position with the company was overnight team lead and he’s been employed with us since 2010.”

Chief Solesky said that officials would not reveal his identity at that time because his next of kin had not been notified.

He said that it was currently unclear whether or not the gunman “targeted” his victims or carried out the shooting at random. Prior to Tuesday’s attack, he is not believed to have been on the radar of police.

A search of online records appears to show that he had no criminal record.

One Walmart employee who survived the attack claimed that the gunman had “issues” with some of their other colleagues and was “laughing” as he opened fire on his victims.

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A mother with wedding plans, a father and custodian: Families remember victims

05:48 , Shweta Sharma

A mother with wedding plans, a custodian with a congenital brain disorder, and a loving father. That’s how families and friends described the victims of the Walmart shooting

Kellie Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake, was remembered as a generous and kind person, a mother who had wedding plans in the near future, Gwendolyn Bowe Baker Spencer. “We love her,” said Ms Spencer.

“She was going to marry my son next year. She was an awesome, kind individual — yes she was.”Pyle had adult children in Kentucky who will be traveling to Virginia in the wake of the tragedy, Ms Spencer said.

Another victim, Brian Pendleton, 38, was born with a congenital brain disorder and made sure to be punctual. Although his shift as a custodian started at 10.30am, he was in the break room when the shooting started just after 10, according to his mother, Michelle Johnson.

“He always came to work early so he would be on time for work,” she told The Associated Press Wednesday. “He liked his coworkers.”

Pendleton had recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary working at the store.

The mother of Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake, said in a Facebook post: “Missing my baby right now, life is not same without my son.” “He just kept to himself and did his job,” Linda Gamble said. “He was the quiet one of the family.”

Another victim, Randy Blevins, was a longtime member of the store’s team that set prices and arranged merchandise, The New York Times reported.

Former co-worker Shaundrayia Reese, who said she worked at the store from around 2015 to 2018, spoke fondly of Blevins as “Mr Randy.”

She said the overnight crew at the store was “a family” and that employees relied on one another.

One of the young victims of the shooting was, Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth A makeshift memorial to Johnson was placed in a grassy area outside the Walmart, with the words “Our Hearts are with you” and a basket of flowers.

‘Door covered in blood': Witnesses recount horrifying shooting

04:51 , Shweta Sharma

Workers at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, have recalled their harrowing experiences when their routine team meeting in the break room turned into a massacre, killing six people.

Jessie Wilczewski said her Tuesday night shift started normally but moments after it began she saw her team leader holding a gun to the forehead after shooting his coworkers.

“It’s horrible because it doesn’t stop. It doesn’t stop replaying when you leave the scene, it doesn’t stop hurting as much, it doesn’t stop,” Ms Wilczewski told CNN.

She said she hid underneath a table but the gunman told her to come out and “just had the gun up to my forehead.”

“I got up real slow and I tried not to look at everybody on the ground … and I had to touch the door which was covered (in blood) and I walked out the double doors to where you can see the aisles of Walmart and … I just remember gripping my bag and thinking, ‘If he’s going to shoot me in the back, well he’s going to have to try really hard cause I’m running,’ and I booked it,” she said. “I booked it and I didn’t stop until I got to my car and then I had a meltdown.”

Another employee, Donya Prioleau, wrote on Facebook: “I just watched 3 of my coworkers/friends be killed in front of me,

“Andre killed them in cold blood ... I cannot unsee what happened in that break room.”

Earlier: Andre Bing named as mass shooting suspect

03:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The gunman who allegedly killed six victims in a mass shooting inside a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, before turning the gun on himself has now been identified as a night manager at the store.

Rachel Sharp reports.

Walmart mass shooting suspect is named as 31-year-old Andre Bing

Biden urges ‘greater action’ on gun reform

02:45 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden has urged “greater action” to combat the proliferation of firearms in the US after a gunman fatally shot six people inside a Walmart in Virginia on Tuesday night.

The violence marks the second high-profile mass shooting in the US within three days, after five people were fatally shot and more than a dozen others were injured inside a LGBT+ club in Colorado Springs.

The mass shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia also comes just days after the fatal shooting of three University of Virginia football players.

Alex Woodward has the story.

Biden urges ‘greater action’ on gun reform after Chesapeake Walmart massacre

Analysis: Why the hell can’t America end this deadly gun violence?

00:45 , Oliver O'Connell

You run out of words and you run out of emotions, writes Andrew Buncombe.

But alongside sympathy for the victims, are two other emotions that bubble up and will not go away. And they are anger and outrage.

Why the hell can’t America end this deadly gun violence?

Politicians respond to Virginia Walmart shooting

00:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Lawmakers and America’s elected leaders reacted with condolences and angry calls for action after the second major mass shooting in a week took place in Virginia just days after a massacre at a Colorado LGBT bar.

The shooting provoked the same calls for gun violence prevention and efforts to resrict guns in American society that other similar tragedies have dredged up but with the muffled resignation of the current political reality of such legislation well on the mind.

The state’s Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, wrote on Wednesday that he was heartbroken, but did not immediately offer any suggestions for action to tackle future mass killings.

John Bowden reports.

‘Heartbroken’: Politicians respond to Virginia Walmart shooting

‘A woman fainted and the woman next to her was screaming'

Wednesday 23 November 2022 23:45 , Oliver O'Connell

A former employee of the Walmart store, now a Lyft driver, arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting ended. She described what she saw to The Virginian-Pilot:

Janis Strausburg, 48, of Chesapeake, worked maintenance at Walmart until June but is now a Lyft driver. She was dropping someone off at the store shortly after the shooting ended.

She said the timing coincided with a shift change, during which a large group of staff would be meeting in the break room or in a back hallway area. The area is also where employees clock in and out, Strausburg said.

“I saw police dragging a body, they were doing CPR on him. A woman fainted and the woman next to her was screaming we need an ambulance,” she said. “Then I saw maybe five cops went in the store and they very quickly came out.”

Chesapeake Mayor: ‘We will share this burden together and be stronger for it'

Wednesday 23 November 2022 23:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Names of five adult victims released by police

Wednesday 23 November 2022 23:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Chesapeake Police have released the names of the adult victims of Tuesday night’s mass shooting at the local Walmart.

A sixth, 16-year-old minor has not been named.

Chesapeake Police release names of Walmart shooting victims

State senator eviscerates GOP’s thoughts and prayers

Wednesday 23 November 2022 22:45 , Oliver O'Connell

A Democratic state senator in Virginia unloaded on her Republican foes during an interview with CNN on Wednesday morning after a deadly shooting erupted late Tuesday evening at a Walmart in her state.

John Bowden reports.

Virginia state senator rejects GOP’s thoughts and prayers after Chesapeake shooting

What we know about alleged gunman

Wednesday 23 November 2022 22:35 , Oliver O'Connell

The gunman who allegedly killed six victims in a mass shooting inside a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, before turning the gun on himself has now been identified as a night manager at the store.

Andre Bing, a 31-year-old from Chesapeake, is accused of opening fire inside the break room of the store on Sam’s Circle at around 10pm on Tuesday.

What we know about alleged Walmart shooting suspect Andre Bing

Chesapeake Police release names of victims

Wednesday 23 November 2022 22:17 , Oliver O'Connell

Chesapeake Police have released the names of the victims of Tuesday night’s mass shooting at Walmart:

We are saddened to announce the names of those we lost on Tuesday evening at the shooting at Walmart on Sam’s Circle but hope that with this information we can honor their lives in our community. The City of Chesapeake has always been known as the “City That Cares” and now, more than ever, we know our City will show up and care for those who need it most.

Please join us in praying for the family and friends of these community members who we have lost: Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins, and Tyneka Johnson.

The sixth victim is a 16-year-old male resident of Chesapeake whose name and photo are being withheld at the time due to him being a minor.

Mother details son’s harrowing survival account after he was shot twice

Wednesday 23 November 2022 21:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The mother of one of the Walmart workers wounded during Tuesday night’s shooting has explained how he survived.

Kimberly Shupe told WTVR CBS 6 that her son Jalen thought his manager looked “kind of different” when they went for their evening meeting.

“He just didn’t understand what was going on. Everybody thought [the manager] was in a mood or something,” Ms Shupe said. “Suddenly it changed. It transitioned from the look to actually seeing a gun.”

A bullet grazed her son’s ear and he began to flee, seeing people on the group that he had to jump over to save himself.

When Jalen made it to the front, she said, he was shot again.

“His exact words were, ‘I got shot... I actually got shot.’ And then when he made it to the front, his exact words was, ‘I just got shot again,’” Ms Shupe said. “So you know, you got shot in the beginning. And now as you’re trying to go get help, just shot again.”

Jalen was helped out by a coworker and they waited in her car until help came. He had been shot in his back and sternum and thought he was going to die. Ms Shupe says he is fighting on but struggling to process what he witnessed.

“There’s trauma,” she said. “He’s really dealing with that more, I guess you could say almost as much as the injuries: the trauma of people being injured and hurt that he might not ever see again.”

Bing ‘just started spraying’ bullets in the Walmart break room

Wednesday 23 November 2022 21:30 , Oliver O'Connell

One Walmart employee who left the break room before Andre Bing began shooting was Kevin Harper, who recounted his experience in a Facebook Live video.

Per CNN:

Employee Kevin Harper said a colleague entered the breakroom and started shooting.

“I just left out the breakroom … (the gunman) starts cappin’ people up in there,” Harper said in a Facebook Live video. The video is no longer on his Facebook page, but it has been re-shared on social media.

“He came in there and just started spraying,” Harper said. “I’m sorry for the victims.”

Recap: Walmart mass shooting suspect who killed six and himself is named

Wednesday 23 November 2022 21:20 , Oliver O'Connell

The gunman who allegedly killed six victims in a mass shooting inside a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, before turning the gun on himself has now been identified as a night manager at the store, The Independent revealed.

Rachel Sharp reported on developments as they occurred on Wednesday.

Walmart mass shooting suspect is named as 31-year-old Andre Bing

Walmart sets up resource centre for employees and families

Wednesday 23 November 2022 20:59 , Oliver O'Connell

Walmart has set up an associate resource centre for Walmart associates and their family members following Tuesday night’s tragedy in Chesapeake. The store is currently closed.

The centre is now open until 7pm on Wednesday at the Springhill Suites, 1446 Crossways Blvd. Starting tomorrow, and for the next two weeks, the associate resource centre will move to the Delta Hotel by Marriott at 725 Woodlake Drive and will be open from 7am to 7pm to support Walmart associates and their families with counseling, meals and a place to connect with each other.

If associates have additional questions, they should contact their supervisor. The family reunification center at the Chesapeake Conference Centre is now closed and family members in need should report to the Walmart associate resource centre.

Report that Bing had hit list of colleagues

Wednesday 23 November 2022 20:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Brett Hall of WAVY reported earlier today that first responders found a lit near the shooter’s body believed to have been that of employees he wanted to target.

Police confirm shooter identified as Andre Bing, 31

Wednesday 23 November 2022 20:20 , Oliver O'Connell

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(City of Chesapeake)

Chesapeake Police release timeline of incident

Wednesday 23 November 2022 20:13 , Oliver O'Connell

The Chesapeake Police Department has released the following timeline of what transpired at the city’s Walmart:

On 22 November 2022, at around 10.12pm, Chesapeake Police responded to the Walmart located at 1521 Sam’s Circle in reference to an active shooter inside the store. The first

officer arrived on the scene within two minutes, at around 10.14pm and officers entered the store at around 10.16pm.

Once inside the store, officers began locating and evacuating occupants of the store. Officers found several injured and deceased individuals during their search. At least six injured people were transported to local hospitals for further treatment. There was a total of seven fatalities. Three individuals, including the shooter, were located deceased in the break

room of the store. One victim was found deceased near the front of the store. Three other victims were transported to local hospitals for further treatment but succumbed to their injuries.

The shooter has been identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing of Chesapeake. Mr Bing was dead upon police arrival on the scene. At this time it is believed he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mr Bing has been identified as an employee of Walmart. He was armed with one handgun and several magazines on his person. Mr Bing was dressed in civilian clothing and wore no type of armour or a ballistic vest.

At the time of the shooting, at least 50 people are believed to have been inside the store. Police are still trying to account for anyone who may have been at the store and witnessed the incident, but fled prior to police arrival.

The Chesapeake SWAT team executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and with the help of Virginia State Police cleared the house. Investigators are actively working to learn more about the suspect’s background and what may have motivated the shooting.

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

Chesapeake Detectives are actively communicating with the victims’ family members and will release the names of the victims once contact has been made 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.

Tributes left for victims

Wednesday 23 November 2022 20:06 , Oliver O'Connell

Shyleana Sausedo-Day, from Portsmouth, Virginia, places flowers near the scene of the Walmart mass shooting on 23 November 2022 (AP)
Shyleana Sausedo-Day, from Portsmouth, Virginia, places flowers near the scene of the Walmart mass shooting on 23 November 2022 (AP)

Biden offers support

Wednesday 23 November 2022 19:52 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden spoke with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin this afternoon to offer his support and any federal assistance, per the White House press office.

Analysis: Why the hell can’t America end this deadly gun violence?

Wednesday 23 November 2022 19:40 , Oliver O'Connell

You run out of words and you run out of emotions, writes Andrew Buncombe.

But alongside sympathy for the victims, are two other emotions that bubble up and will not go away. And they are anger and outrage.

Why the hell can’t America end this deadly gun violence?

Bing has multiple magazines on person and one weapon

Wednesday 23 November 2022 19:35 , Oliver O'Connell

In an official statement, City of Chesapeake authorities confirm Andre Bing’s identity as the shooter and that he was carrying one handgun and multiple magazines.

Walmart CEO issues statement

Wednesday 23 November 2022 19:14 , Oliver O'Connell

Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon released the following statement via LinkedIn.

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 community who have lost or injured loved ones. We are here for them today and in the challenging days ahead they will have our support.We appreciate all of our associates, first responders, and local officials who are already on site helping offer support as we work together to navigate this tragedy.

Virginia state senator rejects GOP’s thoughts and prayers

Wednesday 23 November 2022 18:55 , Oliver O'Connell

A Democratic state senator in Virginia unloaded on her Republican foes during an interview with CNN on Wednesday morning after a deadly shooting erupted late Tuesday evening at a Walmart in her state.

As Virginians woke up on Wednesday morning to the news of yet another mass shooting in their state, state Senator Louise Lucas demanded that politicians cease offering their condolences for such heinous acts until a serious effort was made to pass gun violence prevention measures.

John Bowden reports.

Virginia state senator rejects GOP’s thoughts and prayers after Chesapeake shooting

What we know about Andre Bing alleged gunman in Chesapeake Walmart mass shooting

Wednesday 23 November 2022 18:25 , Oliver O'Connell

The gunman who allegedly killed six victims in a mass shooting inside a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, before turning the gun on himself has now been identified as a night manager at the store.

Andre Bing, a 31-year-old from Chesapeake, is accused of opening fire inside the break room of the store on Sam’s Circle at around 10pm on Tuesday.

Six victims – including a 21-year-old coworker – were killed in the attack before the assailant allegedly shot and killed himself, police said.

The motive for the attack remains unclear but surviving employees have claimed that he had “issues” with other staff members.

Rachel Sharp reports.

What we know about alleged Walmart shooting suspect Andre Bing

Top Virginia Republicans don’t reference ‘shooting’ in social media reactions to shooting

Wednesday 23 November 2022 18:10 , Oliver O'Connell

In the wake of the Chesapeake shooting, social media statements from Virginia’s Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin and his lieutenant governor Winsome Earl-Sears condemned “senseless” and “heinous” acts of violence, but neither mentioned the word “shooting” or referenced the fact that a gun was used in the killings.

“Our hearts break with the community of Chesapeake this morning,” Mr Youngkin shared on his social media accounts on Wednesday. “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.”

Asked by The Independent whether his office intends to issue a formal statement on the shootings, his office shared a two-minute video from a press briefing, in which Mr Youngkin addressed the “heinous, senseless act of violence” in Chesapeake. In neither statement does he mention the type of violence or how the victims were killed, or how the gunman appeared to have killed himself.

His office released a formal order to lower flags at half-staff “in respect and memory of the victims of the Chesapeake shooting.”

A social media statement from Lt Governor Winsome Earl-Sears – who posed with an assault rifle in campaign ads and defended gun ownership at the National Rifle Association conference in Texas in the aftermath of the Uvalde massacre – said that “our hearts continue to grieve as we learn of more victims of senseless violence in Chesapeake.”

We mourn the many victims of fatal violence and suicide around the Commonwealth and our nation,” she added. “Our society is hurting. All life is precious. I commit to making mental health issues a priority of my office and will be working with the Governor, Attorney General, the General Assembly, and local leaders to address this crisis. Let us grieve and pray for these families as we begin to gather for Thanksgiving, as they will have one last chair at their tables.”

Gunman identified as Andre Bing

Wednesday 23 November 2022 17:59 , Oliver O'Connell

A statement sent to The Independent by Walmart identifies the manager responsible for the shooting as Andre Bing.

Per Walmart:

While details of the tragic incident in our Chesapeake, Virginia store are still emerging, authorities have confirmed multiple fatalities. We are focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families at this time. The alleged shooter has been identified as Andre Bing. We can confirm that he was a Walmart associate. Andre’s position with the company was overnight team lead and he’s been employed with us since 2010. We are thankful for the local first responders and will continue to work with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation.

Walmart mass shooting suspect is named as 31-year-old Andre Bing

‘He didn’t say a word'

Wednesday 23 November 2022 17:39 , Oliver O'Connell

ABC News reports:

Employee Briana Tyler said workers had gathered in the break room as they typically did ahead of their shifts.

“I looked up, and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire,” she told ABC’s Good Morning America, adding that “multiple people” dropped to the floor.

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all,” she said.

Briana Tyler uses her hands like a gun to demonstrate how the gunman at the Walmart in Chesapeake (AP)
Briana Tyler uses her hands like a gun to demonstrate how the gunman at the Walmart in Chesapeake (AP)

Solesky confirmed that the shooter, who used a pistol, was a Walmart employee but did not give his name because his family had not been notified. The police chief could not confirm whether the victims were all employees.

Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk television station WAVY that she hid under the table and the shooter looked at her with his gun pointed at her, told her to go home and she left.

“It didn’t even look real until you could feel the ... ‘pow-pow-pow,’ you can feel it," Wilczewski said. “I couldn’t hear it at first because I guess it was so loud, I could feel it.”

Police release more details of fatalities and injured

Wednesday 23 November 2022 17:27 , Oliver O'Connell

Chesapeake Police have released more details of the scene they encountered at the Walmart and say that they continue to work with the victims’ families before releasing their identities and that they are currently investigating the employment state of the victims.

There were a total of seven fatalities. Three individuals, including the shooter, were located deceased in the break room of the store. 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.

At least six additional victims were transported to local hospitals for further medical treatment. One of these individuals is currently in critical condition. We continue to work with area hospitals to determine any additional injuries that may have self-reported.

Governor Youngkin orders flags to half-staff

Wednesday 23 November 2022 17:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has ordered for flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia to be flown at half-staff in respect and memory of the victims of the Chesapeake mass shooting.

The governor issued the order just after 11 am on Wednesday. The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Sunday 27 November.

Two victims died at hospital, two in critical condition

Wednesday 23 November 2022 17:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Two of the victims of the shooting passed away after being transported to hospital according to Sentara Healthcare.

Another two are listed as in critical condition, and a fifth is in good condition.

FBI assisting investigation

Wednesday 23 November 2022 16:50 , Oliver O'Connell

The FBI’s office in Norfolk, Virginia, is assisting in the investigation and has opened a tip line for any information people may have about what led up to the shooting.

Witness says store was ‘extremely crowded’

Wednesday 23 November 2022 16:39 , Oliver O'Connell

13 News Now heard from shopper Terri Brown, who left the busy store shortly before the shooting began.

I was counting the police cars. And as the count before the light could turn green, it was 13 police cars, and I could see a fire truck coming. I got home, because I live less than two minutes from that Walmart, and I could just hear police cars just coming and coming and coming and coming.

There are no words. There are just no words. To see this unfold, to be a part of it, to know that this crime occured so close to me, and I was literally in that store, is terrifying.

It was extremely crowded. All of the checkouts were extremely busy. They had most registers open. There [were] long long lines at the self-checkout. They had people at the front doors. There ususally is one or two greeters, tonight I saw probably around four. A lot of people in the store. I literally parked wayyyy down in the parking lot, because you could not find spaces.

It is a busy street, but I think by the time that the first car came past me, it was like, truthfully, if I don't say anything about Chesapeake police, I will say tonight, they were On It.

I don't know what they do the rest of the time, but they were on the scene. Those police cars came so fast. I mean literally within a minute, I was counting 13, firetrucks, I mean they were coming from all areas. There was no traffic moving because so many police cars were coming so quickly.