killing The shooter notably shot employees in the rest room, before committing suicide
The Walmart supermarket in Chesapeake, where the shooting occurred. — Jack Gruber-USA TODAY/SIPA USA/SIPA
On the eve of the big family holiday of Thanksgiving, a manager of a supermarket Walmart in the eastern United States shot and killed six people on Tuesday evening before committing suicide at the scene, the company said. Wednesday the police. The shooter, identified as Andre Bing, 31, was armed; of a pistol and had in his possession several magazines, indicated the municipality from Chesapeake, Virginia, where the facts took place. He held the position « night shift leader and he had been working with us since 2010 » Walmart, retail giant in a press release.
Police raided the suspect's home on Wednesday, in particular to identify the motive for the killing, which is still not known. “ I lifted eyes and my manager opened the door (of the supermarket employee rest room, editor's note) and simply started to shoot », said Briana Tyler at; ABC channel. “ He said nothing, said nothing at all », she added.
A 16-year-old boy among the victims
The police have received a first emergency call to 10:12 p.m. Tuesday evening and the first police entered four minutes later in the Walmart store in this city located at 240 km south of the capital Washington, detailed; Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky. About 50 customers were in the store when the shooting broke out, a statement said. of the Chesapeake Police Department. “ We are shocked by this tragic event, » Walmart Wednesday.
According to authorities, the shooter killed two people in the break room and committed suicide there. Another victim was discovery « towards the front of the store » and three others « have been transported to nearby hospitals but died. to their wounds ». The youngest of the victims mowed down by the bullets was 16 years old, specified; the authorities. Four people were hospitalized on Wednesday, the report said. the police in the morning.
Third killing in a few days
In front of the store, where Fifteen investigators were active on Wednesday, including some federal police officers. flowers and candles in honor of the victims. President Joe Biden lamented a “ horrible and senseless act of violence » to the day before Thanksgiving, « one of the holidays we cherish most and that brings us together as Americans and as families ». “ Even more tables at; across the country will have chairs standing empty this Thanksgiving, » in a press release.
This drama is the latest in a series of killings in the United States: four days earlier, a shooting in the city. Colorado Springs at; the west of the country has left five dead and at least 18 injured in an LGBT + club. And the week before, already in Virginia, three members of the University's American football team of Virginia had been killed by a former teammate.