Manager who fatally shot 6 identified by police – NBC Bay Area

A Walmart executive opened fire on co-workers 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 was found dead from what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky said. At least six people were injured in the shooting, including one seriously.

The victims who died are identified as Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson. The sixth victim is a minor, so his name is being withheld, the City of Chesapeake said in a statement.

One worker described watching “bodies fall” as the attacker fired indiscriminately without saying a word.

“He just shot all over the room. It didn’t matter who he met. He did not say anything. He didn’t look at anyone a certain way,” said Briana Tyler, a Walmart employee.

Tyler said the night stocking team of 15 to 20 people just gathered in the break room to go through the morning schedule. She said the meeting was about to start, and a team leader said, “All right, guys, we’ve got a bright night ahead of us.” Then Bing turned and opened fire on the staff.

At first, Tyler doubted the shooting was real and thought it was active target practice.

“It all happened so quickly,” she said, adding, “By the grace of God, a bullet missed me. I saw the smoke exit the gun and I literally watched bodies fall. It was crazy.”

The company identified the shooter as 31-year-old Andre Bing, a night-shift manager at the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake. Walmart said in a statement that they had employed Bing since 2010.

The revelation came as investigators searched the suspect’s home, trying to determine a motive for the mass murder.

The store was busy with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday just before Tuesday night’s attack, a shopper told a local TV station.

Staff member Briana Tyler said the night stocking team of 15 to 20 people had just gathered in the break room to go through the morning schedule. She said the meeting was about to start, and a team leader said, “All right, guys, we’ve got a bright night ahead of us,” as the gunman turned and opened fire on the staff.

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

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

At first, Tyler didn’t believe the shooting was real. “Everything happened so fast. I thought it was some kind of test. For example, if you have an active shooter, react like this.”

Tyler, who worked with the shooter just the night before, said he wasn’t aiming at anyone.

“He just shot all over the room. It didn’t matter who he met. He did not say anything. He didn’t look at anyone in any particular way.”

Tyler, who started at Walmart two months ago, said she’s never had a negative encounter with the shooter, but others told her he’s “the manager to watch out for.” She said the shooter has a history of texting people for no reason.

“He just liked voting honestly. I think he was just looking for little things to do because he had the authority. That’s just the kind of person he was. A lot of people said that about him,” she said.

Staffer Jessie Wilczewski told NBC affiliate WAVY in Norfolk that she hid under the table and the gunman looked at her with his gun pointed at her, told her to go home and she left.

“It didn’t even look real until you could feel the… ‘pow-pow-pow,’ you can feel it,” Wilczewski said. “I couldn’t hear it at first because I think it was so loud, I could feel it.”

A 911 call came in just after 10 p.m. about the shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city, which is adjacent to the coastal communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The store was open at the time, but Solesky didn’t know how many shoppers were inside or if the shooter was working that shift.

When asked if a security guard was present, the police chief said he didn’t know.

Chesapeake Mayor Rick W. West expressed his gratitude for the quick response of first responders and said he was “devastated by the senseless act of violence.”

“Chesapeake is a tight-knit community and we are all devastated by this news,” West said in a statement on Twitter.

A man was seen at a hospital upon learning his brother was dead, and others screamed as they exited a conference center set up as a family reunion center, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin tweeted Wednesday morning that he was in contact with law enforcement officials and said he would make resources available as the investigation advances.

“Our hearts are breaking with the Chesapeake community this morning,” Youngkin wrote. “Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities.”

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

US Senator Mark Warner said in a tweet that he was “disgusted by reports of another mass shooting, this time at a Chesapeake Walmart.”

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

The Walmart attack came three days after a person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five and wounding 17. Earlier this year, the country was rocked by the deaths of 21 when a gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of another at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman who police say was targeting Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso, Texas, killing 23 people.

Following that shooting, the company decided in September 2019 to stop selling certain types of ammunition and asked customers to stop openly carrying firearms in its stores.

It stopped selling handgun ammunition and short-barreled rifle ammunition, such as. B. the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber used in military style guns. Walmart also stopped selling handguns in Alaska.

The company stopped selling handguns in all states except Alaska in the mid-1990s. The latest move marked a complete exit from that business, allowing the company to focus solely on hunting rifles and related ammunition.

Many of its stores are in rural areas where hunters depend on Walmart for their gear.

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