At least seven dead after ‘manager’ opens fire in Virginia Walmart

Seven people died at a Walmart in Virginia on Tuesday night in a shooting rampage that an employee claimed was carried out by a store manager who then turned the gun on himself.

Officers responded about 10:15 p.m. to a report of a shooting at the Walmart on Sam’s Circle in Chesapeake, where they found multiple dead people and injured, police said.

The city said in a tweet at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday that there were seven fatalities, including the shooter.

Authorities believe there was one shooter, Chesapeake Officer Leo Kosinski told reporters earlier.

“It was wild. It was a manager – one of the managers,” an employee in a Walmart uniform said in a Facebook livestream, explaining that he narrowly avoided being killed in the rampage.

"It was wild. It was a manager – one of the managers," an employee in a Walmart uniform said in a Facebook livestream.
“It was wild. It was a manager – one of the managers,” an employee in a Walmart uniform said in a Facebook live stream.

“He blew his brains out and everything. He killed the girl in there and everything. He came in and started spraying. I’m sorry for the victims,” he said.

“I just left the break room … the manager come in there and started capping people up in there, started shooting. Sadly, we lost a few of our associates,” he added as a woman was heard crying at his side.

Police respond to the scene of a mass shooting at a Chesapeake, Va., Walmart on Nov. 22, 2022.
Police respond to the scene of a mass shooting at a Chesapeake, Va., Walmart on Nov. 22, 2022.
Law enforcement enter a command vehicle as they work the scene on Nov. 23, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Law enforcement enter a command vehicle as they work the scene this morning.

Police have not confirmed reports about who the gunman was, but emphasized that the person was dead. Authorities also have not said how the gunman died.

Kosinski said he didn’t believe police fired shots, but could not say whether the shooter was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

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The call reporting the shooting came in at 10:12 p.m. when the Walmart was still open to the public and night shift workers had just recently checked in, WAVY reported.

A greeter on duty told the news station that the shooting erupted in the back of the store. One person also was reportedly found dead outside the front entrance.

The forensic unit responds to the scene of a mass shooting at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart on Nov. 23, 2022.
The forensic unit responds to the mass shooting early this morning.
Law enforcement, including the FBI, work the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart on Nov. 23, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
A call reporting the shooting came in soon after night-shift workers clocked in.
A Virginia State Trooper re-ties crime scene tape as law enforcement works the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart on Nov. 23, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Police have not revealed how the shooter died.

A spokesperson for Sentara Norfolk General Hospital confirmed to WAVY that five people were being treated there.

“We are shocked at this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store,” Walmart said in a tweet early Wednesday.

Authorities exit a Walmart following a mass shooting on Nov. 23, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Responding officers found multiple people dead and injured.
Police respond to the scene of a mass shooting at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart on Nov. 22, 2022
Officers responded around 10:15 p.m. to the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, last night.
Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart on Nov. 22, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Authorities believe there was one attacker.
Police tape cordons off the scene of a fatal shooting at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart on Nov. 22, 2022.
Chesapeake Officer Leo Kosinski doesn’t believe police fired any shots.

“We’re praying for those impacted, the community and our associates. We’re working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates,” it added.

The shooting comes three days after Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and wounding scores more before being tackled by patrons.

Chesapeake Police Public Information Officer Leo Kosinski delivers an update to the press following a mass shooting at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart on Nov. 22, 2022.
Officer Leo Kosinski did not say whether the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

It also brought back memories of a 2019 shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, where a gunman police said was targeting Mexicans killed 22 people.  

US Sen. Mark Warner posted on Twitter that he is “sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.”

State Sen. Louise Lucas also tweeted that she was “absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district.”

Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city, lies next to the seaside communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

With Post wires

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