Six individuals killed by supervisor at retailer in Chesapeake, Virginia; Suspect additionally lifeless

A manager at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, opened fire at the store Tuesday night, killing six people and injuring at least six others at the retail store before turning the gun on himself, officials said Wednesday.

Two deceased victims were identified by family members as Tyneka Johnson, 22, and Brian Pendleton, 39.

Johnson had only worked for Walmart for a few months and was saving for her first car and apartment, according to CBS News Justice and Homeland Security reporter Nicole Sganga. James Pendleton said in a statement his brother “had a big heart for anyone who needed help” and “would literally give the shirt off his back to someone who needed it more than he did”.

In a statement, Walmart identified the shooter as Andre Bing. His position was “overnight team leader,” and he began working for Walmart in 2010, the company said. City officials said the gunman was 31 years old and was armed with a handgun and several magazines.

Walmart employee Briana Tyler told the Associated Press the shooting took place in the store’s break room. Between 15 and 20 people from the Night Stocking team were in the room for a meeting when their manager opened fire, Tyler said.

“It’s by the grace of God that a bullet missed me,” Tyler told the AP. “I saw the smoke exit the gun and I literally watched bodies fall off. It was crazy.”

She told the news service the shooting developed quickly and the shooter did not appear to be targeting specific individuals. City officials said in a statement the gunman was dressed in plain clothes and was not wearing any body armor.

“He just shot all over the room,” Tyler said. “It didn’t matter who he met. He said nothing. He didn’t look at anyone a certain way.”

Law enforcement officials work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart November 23, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Law enforcement officials work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart November 23, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Officers were dispatched to an active threat situation at the Walmart Supercenter at 10:12 p.m. local time, Chesapeake Police Spokesman Leo Kosinski told reporters at the scene Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, Police Chief Mark Solesky said officers were on the scene within two minutes, entered the store two minutes later, and in just about an hour cleared the store and located all the victims.

Two victims and the shooter were found dead in the break room, city officials said Wednesday afternoon. Another victim was found dead outside the store. Three died in nearby hospitals.

At least six other people are being treated in hospitals, the city said. Two patients at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital are in critical condition, Dr. Michael Hooper, the hospital’s chief physician, told reporters.

Police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting.

Solesky said the gunman died from an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound. He said a pistol was used in the shooting.

The FBI’s Norfolk, Virginia office confirmed that the agency was supporting the Chesapeake Police Department, which was leading the investigation.

The shooting happened in the store, Kosinski said on Tuesday evening. At least 50 people were believed to be inside the store when the shooting began, city officials said.


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A man who said he was a buyer described the scene in cellphone video, reports CBS News Chief National Affairs and Justice correspondent Jeff Pegues.

“We heard multiple gunshots inside … and they all went out,” Jeromy Basham said. “There was a person downstairs who’s still downstairs.”

Another man said in video that he was among Walmart employees in the store when the shooting began, Pegues reports.

“I literally walked out of the break room, right? And as soon as, probably about, no later than five minutes,” there was a gunshot, Kevin Harper said.

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West released a statement early Wednesday morning saying he was “devastated by the senseless act of violence” and praising first responders.

West told CBS News that thinking about how to respond to mass shootings has become part of the job of city leaders across the country.

“The first feeling was nothing but fear because here it was, I knew what was in store for us and what these poor families will experience in the years to come,” West said.


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Chesapeake is located in the Hampton Roads coastal region of southern Virginia, which includes the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Kosinksi said a “reunion location” was set up at the Chesapeake Conference Center for “immediate family members or emergency contact of anyone who may have been in the building,” according to a city Twitter account.

The incident was the second major mass shooting in the United States in recent days. five people were killed and another 17 wounded when a suspect opened fire in the early hours of Sunday at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Disgusted by reports of another mass shooting, this time at a Chesapeake Walmart. I will monitor developments closely.

In the meantime, I urge everyone in the community to listen to guidance from local law enforcement and stay away from the scene.

— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) November 23, 2022

“Made sick by reports of another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake,” tweeted Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia early Wednesday morning.

Virginia’s new Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin also chimed in, saying in a tweet, “Our hearts break with the community of Chesapeake this morning,” adding that “heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities.”

Our hearts are breaking with the Chesapeake community this morning. I will remain in touch with law enforcement officers throughout the morning and have made all resources available as this investigation progresses. Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities.

— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) November 23, 2022

Walmart issued a statement saying the company was “shocked by this tragic event” and “praying for those affected, the community and our employees.”

The retail giant said it is “working closely with law enforcement and we are focused on supporting our employees”.

Virginia Senator Lillie Louise Lucas, a Democrat representing the Chesapeake region, which includes Chesapeake, said in a tweet that she was “heartbroken that America’s recent mass shooting took place at a Walmart in my district.” .


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“I will not rest until we find solutions to end this epidemic of gun violence in our country that has claimed so many lives,” she said.

“Tragically, our community is suffering another incident of senseless gun violence as families gather for Thanksgiving,” said US Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia.

Tragically, our community suffers another incident of senseless gun violence as families gather for Thanksgiving. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. https://t.co/4zQ4YFuPbb

— Rep. Bobby Scott (@BobbyScott) November 23, 2022

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were more than 600 mass shootings in the United States this year, at least 36 of which resulted in fatalities.

A criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, Alan Fox, who has been compiling data on U.S. shootings for decades, reported the same figure, which he says made 2022 a record year for such attacks, even before the Chesapeake Walmart incident.

“I’ve been studying mass murder for over 40 years and I’m pretty confident that there’s never been a year where we’ve had this many,” Fox said in an article published Monday by Northeastern in the wake of the Colorado shooting.

Fox noted “an unprecedented increase” since early October alone, during which time he said there had been 13 fatal mass shootings.

“That’s an average of about two mass shootings a week,” Fox said.

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