Walmart Mass Shooting
Flowers and balloons have been placed near the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. A Walmart manager opened fire on fellow employees in the break room of the Virginia store, killing several people in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days, police and witnesses said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Police: Man who killed 6 at Walmart in Virginia was store manager

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By ALEX BRANDON and BEN FINLEY

A Walmart manager opened fire on fellow employees in the break room of a Virginia store, killing six people in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days, police and witnesses said Wednesday.

The gunman, who apparently shot himself, was dead when officers found him, police said. There was no clear motive for the shooting, which also left at least six people wounded, including one critically.

The store in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city, was busy just before the attack Tuesday night as people stocked up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a shopper told a local TV station.

Employee Briana Tyler said the overnight stocking team of 15 to 20 people had just gathered in the break room to go over the morning plan. She said the meeting was about to start, and a team leader said: “All right guys, we have a light night ahead of us," when another team leader, 31-year-old Andre Bing, turned around and opened fire on the staff.

“It is by the grace of God that a bullet missed me,” Tyler said. “I saw the smoke leaving the gun, and I literally watched bodies drop. It was crazy.”

Officials said on the city's Twitter account that three of the dead, including Bing, were found in the break room. One of the slain victims was found near the front of the store. Three others were taken to hospitals where they died of their wounds.

Walmart said in a statement that Bing was an overnight team leader and had been with the company since 2010.

At first, Tyler didn’t think the shooting was real. “It was all happening so fast. I thought it was like a test type of thing. Like, if you do have an active shooter, this is how you respond.”

Tyler, who worked with Bing just the night before, said he did not aim at anyone specific.

“He was just shooting all throughout the room. It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t look at anybody in any specific type of way."

Tyler, who started at Walmart two months ago, said she never had a negative encounter with Bing, but others told her that he was “the manager to look out for.” She said Bing had a history of writing people up for no reason.

“He just liked to pick, honestly. I think he just looked for little things to go about, because he had the authority. That’s just the type of person that he was. That’s what a lot of people said about him,” she said.

A neighbor, Alicia McDuffie, said police “swarmed the whole street” in the middle of the night and forced their way into Bing’s house. Her mother, Vera McDuffie, saw officers approach Bing’s front door with a battering ram.

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky said Bing used a pistol, and police said later that he had multiple magazines. Solesky could not confirm whether the victims were all employees.

Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk television station WAVY that she hid under the table, and Bing looked and pointed his gun at her. He told her to go home, and she left.

The attack was the second time in a little more than a week that Virginia has experienced a major shooting. Three University of Virginia football players were fatally shot on a charter bus as they returned to campus from a field trip on Nov. 13. Two other students were wounded.

The assault at the Walmart came three days after a person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17. Last spring, the country was shaken by the deaths of 21 when a gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Tuesday night's shooting also brought back memories of another at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman who targeted Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso, Texas, and killed 22 people.

A database run by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks every mass killing in America going back to 2006 shows that the U.S. has now had 40 mass killings so far in 2022. That compares with 45 for all of 2019, the highest year in the database, which defines a mass killing as at least four people killed, not including the killer.

The database defines a mass killing as at least four people killed, not including the killer.

According to the database, more than a quarter of the mass killings have occurred since Oct. 21, spanning eight states and claiming 51 lives. Nine of those 11 incidents were shootings.

Notably, the database does not include the recent shooting at the University of Virginia because that attack did not meet the threshold of four dead, not including the shooter.

President Joe Biden tweeted that he and the first lady were grieving for the victims' families. “We mourn for those who will have empty seats at their Thanksgiving table because of these tragic events – we must take greater action.”

A 911 call about the shooting came in just after 10 p.m. Solesky did not know how many shoppers were inside, whether the gunman was working or whether a security guard was present.

Kimberly Shupe, mother of Walmart employee Jalon Jones, told reporters her 24-year-old son was shot in the back. She said he was in good condition and talking Wednesday, after initially being placed on a ventilator.

Shupe said she learned of the shooting from a friend, who went to a family reunification center to find out Jones' whereabouts.

“If he’s not answering his phone, he’s not answering text messages and there’s a shooting at his job, you just kind of put two and two together,” Shupe said. “It was shock at first, but ultimately, I just kept thinking, he’s going to be all right.”

Walmart said in a statement that it was working with law enforcement and “focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families.”

In the aftermath of the El Paso shooting, the company made a decision in September 2019 to discontinue sales of certain kinds of ammunition and asked that customers no longer openly carry firearms in its stores.

It stopped selling handgun ammunition as well as short-barrel rifle ammunition, such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber used in military style weapons. Walmart also discontinued handgun sales in Alaska.

The company stopped selling handguns in the mid-1990s in every state but Alaska. The latest move marked its complete exit from that business and allowed it to focus on hunting rifles and related ammunition only.

Many of its stores are in rural areas where hunters depend on Walmart to get their equipment.

Tyler's grandfather, Richard Tate, said he dropped his granddaughter off for her 10 p.m. shift, then parked the car and went in to buy some dish soap.

When he first heard the shots, he thought it could be balloons popping. But he soon saw other customers and employees fleeing, and he ran too.

Tate reached his car and called his granddaughter.

“I could tell that she was upset,” he said. “But I could also tell that she was alive.”

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No criminal record and a legally owned gun again?

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Reset to “Thoughts and Prayers” mode again. The mass murders are coming so fast now, I fear we may not leave this phase anytime soon.

6 more innocent victims dead. 6 more families for whom the holidays will never be the same again, ever.

And one party, financially backed by a coalition of gun manufacturers known as the NRA, and embracing a view of the 2nd Amendment that Nixon appointee Justice Brennon judged “A fraud perpetrated upon the American public” thinks that mass-death by sheer random chance is the price if “Freedumb.”

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Being the manager,he had assets too the gun a

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That compares with 45 for all of 2019, the highest year in the database, which defines a mass killing as at least four people killed, not including the killer.

There used to be horrific high-profile assassinations in the US and few mass shootings.

Now high profile assassinations are rare and the average American lives with the danger of mass shootings at school and work.

Coincidence? Just asking questions.

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Mass shootings are and will continue to be a routine part of American life as long as we elect Repub gun worshipers to office - vote them all out!

Then institute common sense gun control measures that even a majority of NRA members approve of...

Ban assault weapons - we did it before and can do it again. Only permit them to be owned by a very small percentage of real gun enthusiasts; collectors, etc. Other than those, the only people that want an assault weapon are those bent on conducting a mass shooting or need the "biggest" gun to compensate for their lack of self esteem and feelings of helplessness. It's the only thing in their small lives that gives them a sense of power...

Don't fall for the over-the-top fear tactics of the far-right - no one is saying anything about the Second Amendment - gun ownership is in the Constitution - and lawful gun ownership is a right. But not mass guns for anyone without any background check/training, age restriction, gun show loopholes, etc...

Now in Ohio any nut can buy a handgun and carry it concealed without a background check, permit or any training...think about that... Ohio requires drivers training for a drivers license but nothing for gun ownership. So the guy next to you and your kids in McDonalds may be certified mentally ill and just out of the mental ward but is packing a 9mm...and isn't happy his Big Mac is taking so long to make...

It's utter craziness...

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Which, after waiting 24 hours, was not at all what we were told it was by liberals and their media (and posters here).

Wrong again. Just because a defense attorney claims something doesn't make it turn.

Did anyone see the interview with the alleged shooter's father?

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But not mass guns for anyone without any background check/training, age restriction, gun show loopholes, etc...

> Now in Ohio any nut can buy a handgun and carry it concealed without a background check, permit or any training...think about that... Ohio requires drivers training for a drivers license but nothing for gun ownership. So the guy next to you and your kids in McDonalds may be certified mentally ill and just out of the mental ward but is packing a 9mm...and isn't happy his Big Mac is taking so long to make...

I am a long time gun owner, I have a concealed carry license, I have bought guns at retail establishments and gun shows, even with the prior background check based on my license it is a very lengthy process running through the FBI checks. Have you had a different experience without any checks? A certified mental ward patient would not legally be able to buy a weapon.

Honestly, the only way to close to eliminate these (and the weekly deviation in US cities) is to repeal the 2nd amendment, have extreme boarder controls (can't keep illegal drugs out now), make possession of a weapon a major felony with mandatory 15 year+ sentence and outlaw production of ammunition. All of those, not a couple or some, will have the desired effect.

An honest conversation will start with these, the current, "common sense", "we don't want to take your guns", is BS, state what will fix the problem and then fight for it.

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But not mass guns for anyone without any background check/training, age restriction, gun show loopholes, etc...

Now in Ohio any nut can buy a handgun and carry it concealed without a background check, permit or any training...think about that... Ohio requires drivers training for a drivers license but nothing for gun ownership. So the guy next to you and your kids in McDonalds may be certified mentally ill and just out of the mental ward but is packing a 9mm...and isn't happy his Big Mac is taking so long to make...*

I am a long time gun owner, I have a concealed carry license, I have bought guns at retail establishments and gun shows, even with the prior background check based on my license it is a very lengthy process running through the FBI checks. Have you had a different experience without any checks? A certified mental ward patient would not legally be able to buy a weapon.

I am a long time firearms enthusiast - I am also a 27 year military veteran who used a variety of firearms during that career.

In Ohio under the current law, only licensed firearms suppliers are required to conduct a background check. If a person purchases a firearm from a private individual or unlicensed dealer, no background check is required nor a waiting period

*Ohio does not require a waiting period prior to purchasing a gun and only requires background checks for guns purchased from federally licensed dealers. If you buy from a private seller or unlicensed dealership, you are not required to have a background check.*

Therefore, in Ohio, a mentally unstable person could easily purchase a firearm from as a private transaction...as there is no procedure required in these cases to verify their status...

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Should be "woeful intransigence"

Apologies

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Lincolnman, thank you for the reply and for your service. Person to person sales are also legal here, providing the multitude of other conditions are met. I don't believe that these sales are the driving issue for weekend rampant murders in cities or the all too common mass shootings.

I would be open to a real discussion on how to remove firearms from the US, but not a conversation with subterfuge that the goal is not to eliminate personal ownership rights, which invariably it has to be.

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Do help their sales,this will cause Walmart 100 of million in liability,even for people that were not shot

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Lincoln man gun nuts obsession with a gun is a mental disease

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It's an American sickness. Who will be next? Only 14 states have gun registrations.

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Of course I blame US gun laws/availability, but in this (another) gun massacre, it seems personal and I think no innocent customers in the wrong place at the wrong time were murdered. Only good point in this sad incident.

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I am a long time gun owner, I have a concealed carry license, I have bought guns at retail establishments and gun shows, even with the prior background check based on my license it is a very lengthy process running through the FBI checks.

Oh, the National Instant Criminal Background Check is a very lengthy process? Tell us more. And that's when it's even required which is not always the case. It's so thorough, in fact, that the Charleston shooter passed one. As did the Virginia Tech shooter- twice. And you can always just lie, like Hunter Biden did.

Assuming of course, that all the relevant information has been provided to the FBI by local authorities and so on, which is not always guaranteed. And assuming that any mental health reporting hasn't been blocked by privacy laws.

The NICS is a joke, sorry. If you want "a very lengthy process" then come to Japan:

https://www.fukuoka-now.com/en/fukuoka-gun-hunting-guide/

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Reset to “Thoughts and Prayers” mode again. The mass murders are coming so fast now, I fear we may not leave this phase anytime soon. 

Well, he wasn’t a white supremacist, so I don’t think the left have anything to worry about.

6 more innocent victims dead. 6 more families for whom the holidays will never be the same again, ever. 

It is sad indeed

And one party, financially backed by a coalition of gun manufacturers known as the NRA, and embracing a view of the 2nd Amendment

Exactly, and thank God for that right to exist.

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It's an American sickness.

it’s not a sickness, I own a multitude of guns, and I’m not sick and millions of Americans that own guns as well, as all law-abiding Americans are not sick, when liberals make those kinds of comments, it’s no wonder people that love and honor the 2nd Amendment don’t want to engage these people.

Who will be next? Only 14 states have gun registrations.

No gun registrations needed and it depends on the states, most people would never trust the government, especially this tyrannical government with any of our private information, no way!

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it’s not a sickness, I own a multitude of guns, and I’m not sick.

Says you.

Gun owner here. Anyone, ANYONE who claims to own 25 separate firearms and talks about loving them all equally has an issue.

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Well, he wasn’t a white supremacist, so I don’t think the left have anything to worry about.

The idea that gun control advocates (who are usually Democrats) only care about mass shootings when the shooter is a white supremacist or a homophobe is a popular troupe amongst the far right.

But it is as untrue as most of their other claims (stolen elections, jewish space lasers, etc.).

It is a deflection tool to distract from the fact that the GQP is unwilling to do anything to lessen gun violence in any meaningful way because the cult that supports it demand unlimited access to high capacity assault weapons to empower their "Freedumb" against the government (as if a couple of beer-gutted goobers has any chance against even a state guard...)

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Says you. 

Very true.

Gun owner here. Anyone, ANYONE who claims to own 25 separate firearms and talks about loving them all equally has an issue.

Well, there is no law that states you have to hate guns or how many you can have.

The idea that gun control advocates (who are usually Democrats) only care about mass shootings when the shooter is a white supremacist or a homophobe is a popular troupe amongst the far right. 

No, it’s true based on countless cases. 

It is a deflection tool

No, it’s always the case, if the person had been white and a conservative and or a Trump supporter the condemnation from the left would be off the charts, but since it’s not, silence reigns for the most part.

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bass4funk

   It's an American sickness.

it’s not a sickness, I own a multitude of guns, and I’m not sick and millions of Americans that own guns as well, as all law-abiding Americans are not sick, when liberals make those kinds of comments, it’s no wonder people that love and honor the 2nd Amendment don’t want to engage these people.

It is a sickness. Since the start of the Putin war in Ukraine, 40,000 civilians have been killed. The same number of Americans were killed by gunshots last year. Only about 47% of Americans own guns. None in my large American family own one.

But since gun registration is only required in 14 states exact figures are difficult. You do not live in America full-time.

   Who will be next? Only 14 states have gun registrations.

No gun registrations needed and it depends on the states, most people would never trust the government, especially this tyrannical government with any of our private information, no way!

Gun registration is by the State. So why are you opposed to even this simple law?

You trust the government on a very wide range of personal info. Births, deaths, and marriages. Education, Driving license. Passport. Travel destinations. Taxes. Homeownership. Living outside the USA. Criminal records. The governments already know everything about you.

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