Andre Bing was named as the mass shooter who murdered six people at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart, the City of Chesapeake confirmed.
Videos emerged of Bing and of the shooting aftermath, which you can see later in this article. He was described as strange and paranoid by co-workers. “He said a lot of disturbing things,” Donya Prioleau told CNN. She was in the employee break room when the gunman entered and started shooting, the cable news network reported.
Prioleau said Bing was “condescending when he spoke to us. He didn’t have good communication skills. He was quite mean to a lot of us.”
“We are still communicating with the victims’ families and will release their information as soon as possible. We can confirm that the shooter was 31-year-old Andre Bing of Chesapeake. He was armed with one handgun and had multiple magazines on his person,” the City of Chesapeake wrote on Twitter. He was a Walmart employee, the city confirmed.
The active shooter at the Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart store, left six victims dead and four more injured on the evening of November 22, 2022, according to Chesapeake police. Video from the scene captured an employee describing how the manager opened fire in a break room.
The first victim whose name was released was Tyneka Johnson.
Andre Bing died at the scene before police arrived, the city says. The mass shooting comes as the nation reels from the active shooter who killed five people at an LGBTQ-friendly nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Online records show that Bing was 31 and from Chesapeake, Virginia. He had previous addresses in Virginia Beach and Suffolk, Virginia.
Police have not revealed a motive.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Bing, Who Was Described as ‘Weird’ & ‘Paranoid,’ Was the Overnight Team Lead at the Walmart
In a statement, Walmart said that Bing was an overnight team lead and had worked for Walmart since 2010.
Walmart worker Briana Tyler told the Associated Press that “15 and 20 people on the overnight stocking team were in the room for a meeting when her manager opened fire.”
“It is by the grace of God that a bullet missed me,” Tyler told the AP. “I saw the smoke leaving the gun, and I literally watched bodies drop. It was crazy.”
“We are thankful for the local first responders,” Walmart wrote.
According to Daily Mail, former co-workers described Bing as ‘weird’ and so paranoid “about being watched by the government that he taped over the camera on his phone.”
Co-worker Shaundrayia Reese told CNN Bing was a loner.
“He was always saying the government was watching him. He didn’t like social media and he kept black tape on his phone camera. Everyone always thought something was wrong with him,” Reese told CNN.
In a news conference, a police spokesman said officers found “multiple fatalities and multiple injured parties” inside the Walmart. He said that the first call came in at 10:12 p.m. on November 22, 2022. Police immediately found evidence that a shooting had occurred, he added.
“It’s less than 10 right now,” he said, although authorities later said six people had died. He believed most of the shootings “happened inside,” and he said that he did not know if the shooter was an employee. The spokesman said one victim was found deceased outside the Walmart.
2. A Fellow Walmart Employee Posted Video of Andre Bing on Facebook, Calling Him ‘Looney’
A video circulated of Bing on Facebook. Heavy has reviewed the original video on the Facebook page of the woman who recorded it, Draayia Janaee.
Draayia Janaee wrote on Facebook, “BOY YOU SICK AF AND ITS CRAZY I GOT SO MANY VIDEOS WITH YOU . YOU KILLED PEOPLE THAT WAS REALLY CLOSE TO ME THERE . I NEVER WOULD OF THOUGHHT U WOULD DO SOME SH** LIKE THIS . RIP BRIAN , I just told you to leave that sh** too .. LOVE YOU BOY 🖤 THIS IS THE MANAGER WHO DID THAT !! ROT IN HELL MF.”
A man responded on her comment thread, “Bro killed a whole bunch of innocent kind people mhn. Wtf.” Draayia wrote on her own thread, “As much as we joked w Andre … boy was looney whole timeeee.”
Another person responded, “I just said the same thing to my husband. I knew one day he was gonna snap. I just didn’t know to what extent.” A man agreed: “But you got to remember I kept telling y’all that boy was crazy in the head.” Draayia responded, “everybody knew that tho … just ain’t think he would do sumn like this.”
State Senator L. Louise Lucas tweeted, “I am absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district in Chesapeake, Virginia tonight. I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country that has taken so many lives.”
3. An Employee Said Andre Bing ‘Started Capping’ People in a Break Room
In one live stream video from the scene, in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting, a crying woman told a man she saw bodies. “That sh** crazy,” the man, Kevin Harper, who was recording the video, said, indicating that the shooter was a Walmart employee.
Harper said a manager went into the break room and started shooting people. “By the grace of God, you know,” Harper said in the video. One crying woman said the shooter “looked right at me… I saw him standing there.”
Harper wrote on Facebook, “They just shot up Walmart on battlefield.” He followed that up with the livestream video on Facebook, writing, “Shooting at my job.” The full video can be found on Harper’s Facebook page. Be forewarned that he names specific people he believes are victims in the video.
In the video, people said that the gunman shot a woman in the head and shot another man they knew. In the video, they discussed various people who they believed were shot. Harper said he “booked it” and ran out of the Walmart.
He said he was in the break room when the manager came in the room and “started capping people… we lost a few of our associates,” Harper said. “The manager shot a couple people here,” Harper told another man. He said he wasn’t going to show bodies in the video. “This ain’t no game…sad, sad…he plotted this sh**.” He said he left his jacket behind when he ran. Harper referred to the suspect as Andre.
He said he heard a barrage of gunfire shortly after he left the break room.
4. Tyneka Johnson Was the First Victim Named
Tyneka Johnson was named as a victim by family.
“Tyneka Johnson. D*** couss I’m sorry this happened to you💔so soon you had so many plans but i guess god had other plans🥺 So this means no more phone calls? No more sending pictures of your tattoos and i pick them out?” wrote Rashawnda Ruffin.
“No more of you FaceTiming me out the blu to talk junk with lil Re? No more of you replying to my stories hyping me up? No more of you calling to vent? Look over the Family couss. I’m just lost of words it was noting but laughs and jokes😔LONGLIVETYNEKA💜💜.”
Chesapeake police released the victims’ names: “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.”
One of the surviving victims was named as Jalon Jones, 24, who was in the break room when he was shot by Bing.
The police spokesman said in the news conference that authorities believe there was a single shooter. He is deceased. He said there was not an officer-involved shooting.
The situation was still being investigated, so further details were not released.
The spokesman said officers put together tactical teams to give victims life-saving measures.
“We responded in an active shooter fashion,” he said.
5. Scanner Audio Described How a Woman Was Shot in the Neck & Another Person Shot in the Chest in the Grocery Section
Dispatch audio early on captured a dispatcher saying a female was shot to the neck, there was another “patient in front of Walmart,” a suspect was found in the break room with a possible gunshot wound, and one person was found shot in the chest in the grocery side.
The victims’ names have not been released by authorities.