An active shooter at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart store, left multiple victims dead and more injured, according to Chesapeake police. Video from the scene captured an employee describing how a manager opened fire in a break room.
Six people have died, not including the shooter. Tyneka Johnson was the first victim named.
The shooter was named as an overnight manager, Andre Bing.
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 when asked how many victims were killed. He believed it “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.
In one live stream video, a crying woman told a man she saw bodies. “That sh** crazy,” the man, Kevin Harper, said, indicating that the shooter was a Walmart employee. Again, police have not confirmed that account. 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.”
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The Employee Said in the Live Stream Video That the Manager ‘Started Capping People’
Kevin Harper wrote on Facebook, “They just shot up Walmart on battlefield.” He followed that up with a 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 breakroom when a 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.
He said he heard a barrage of gunfire shortly after he left the breakroom.
The Shooter Is Deceased, Police Say
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.
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 breakroom with a possible gunshot wound, and one person was found shot in the chest in the grocery side.
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.”