Police released the names of the victims of the Virginia Walmart shooting

Updated November 23, 2022 at 7:16 PM ET

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The youngest victim of the Walmart Supercenter shooting in Virginia was 16 years old.

The city said so that Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson were also killed in the attack. Police are withholding the teenager’s name as he is a minor. Four other people were hospitalized.

It is still unclear which of the deceased may have been shoppers or employees of the store.

Police identified Andre Bing, 31, as the shooter earlier Wednesday. He had been employed by Walmart as an overnight team leader since 2010, the company confirmed.

Bing was reportedly armed with a handgun and had several magazines on him when he was found. He was dressed in civilian clothes and was not wearing any armor or ballistic vest, the city and police said. Three of the bodies were found in the store’s break room. Bing was found dead at the scene, police said, from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, the city added.

Another person was found dead near the front of the store, the city said. The other three victims were transported to local hospitals but succumbed to their injuries.

Police say they arrived at the scene at 10:14 p.m. ET Monday, two minutes after the first 911 call. Officers entered the store at around 10:16 p.m. and had officially vacated the store by 11:20 p.m

A spokesman for Norfolk General Hospital said they treated at least five patients after the shooting.

This photo provided by Virginia DMV shows Andre Bing opening fire on co-workers in a break room at a Walmart Supercenter store in Virginia, killing six people.

This photo provided by Virginia DMV shows Andre Bing opening fire on co-workers in a break room at a Walmart Supercenter store in Virginia, killing six people.

“We are focused on doing everything we can to support our employees and their families at this time. We are grateful to local first responders and will continue to work with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation,” Walmart said in a statement.

The investigation could take days

Police stressed the investigation could take days and said they could not say if the gunman was aiming at anyone.

When the shooting broke out, at least 50 people are said to have been in the store during the normally popular pre-Thanksgiving shopping season. Investigators say they are still trying to account for anyone who may have been in the store and witnessed the incident but fled before officers arrived.

Police are still working to learn more about the suspect’s background and possible motivation for the shooting.

The store will remain closed for several days while investigators comb the premises, gather evidence, and process the crime scene.

Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are working at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia on Wednesday.

Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are working at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia on Wednesday.

The attack comes just days after a shooting in Colorado

The shooting came three days after a person opened fire at a Colorado gay nightclub, killing five and injuring 17. Last week, a former college football player shot dead three of his teammates on the University of Virginia campus.

And since 2019, Americans have witnessed at least five fatal supermarket shootings, including one that killed 10 shoppers, most of them black, at a Buffalo supermarket in May.

Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of a 2019 shooting in neighboring Virginia Beach that killed 12 people. Then-Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, then proposed a series of gun reform measures for Virginia, the state home to the NRA.

After a backlash from pro-rights groups, including a high-profile rally in 2020 involving thousands of armed protesters, the measures have met with mixed success. New rules on background checks and limits on the number of firearms a person can buy went into effect last year.

“The Chesapeake Police Task Force executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home,” Solenksy added. “With the help of the Virginia State Police, we cleared the house. We have reason to believe there is no danger to the public at this time.”

In this frame from video, Virginia police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart on Tuesday evening, November 22, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia.

In this frame from video, Virginia police respond to the scene of a deadly shooting at a Walmart Tuesday night in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia echoed that sentiment, saying in a tweet that “heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities” and that he is in touch with law enforcement officials.

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said in a statement he was “devastated by the senseless act of violence” and described his city as a “close-knit community.”

Chesapeake is a city of about a quarter million people on the southern coast of Virginia.

Sarah McCammon reported from Chesapeake; Emily Olson reported from Washington, DC

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