Virginia leaders, officials respond to Chesapeake Walmart shooting

The shooting took place at the Walmart on Battlefield Boulevard around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving.

CHESAPEAKE, Virginia — Lawmakers across the Commonwealth, local officials and President Joe Biden are responding to a deadly shooting after an employee opened fire at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, killing six people before committing suicide.

A family reunion site was established at the Chesapeake Conference Center. The site is intended only for immediate family members or emergency contact of anyone who may have been in the building.

Below are some statements from the legislature:

“Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, one of our happiest holidays, bringing us together as Americans and as families as we hug loved ones and count our blessings. But because of yet another horrifying and senseless act of violence, there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving. There are now more families who know the worst kinds of loss and pain imaginable.

Jill and I mourn for these families, for the Chesapeake community and for the Commonwealth of Virginia who just suffered a horrific shooting at the University of Virginia this month. We also mourn those across America who have lost loved ones to these tragic shootings, which we must come together as a nation against.

This year I signed into law the most significant gun reform in a generation, but that’s far from enough. We have to take bigger measures.”

We are grateful to the first responders who have mobilized to assist the victims, and I have directed federal officials to provide any needed support and assistance to the people of Chesapeake.

“We are shocked by this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia facility. We pray for those affected, the community and our employees. We work closely with law enforcement and are focused on supporting our employees.”

Governor Glenn Youngkin

“Our hearts are breaking with the Chesapeake community this morning. I am staying in touch with law enforcement officials throughout the morning and have made all resources available as this investigation progresses. Heinous acts of violence have no place in our community. I have decreed that the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia must be flown at half-staff immediately to respect and commemorate the victims of the Chesapeake shooting, their families and the entire Chesapeake community.

“This is a terrible tragedy. I ask all Marylanders to pray for the families of the victims. Our office, state police and emergency management officers have reached out to Virginia to offer assistance.”

Senator Chris Van Hollen

“Heartbroken for the Chesapeake community, the lives lost and all those affected by the tragic shooting last night. This madness will not end unless we come together as Americans to end it. For the benefit of all of our communities, ending gun violence must be a national priority.”

“I am disgusted by reports of another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake. I will monitor developments closely. In the meantime, I urge everyone in the community to listen to the guidance of local law enforcement and stay away from the scene.”

US Representative Elaine Luria

“Enough is enough. I pray tonight for the victims, their families and colleagues, and the Chesapeake community.”

The city of Chesapeakeon behalf of Chesapeake Mayor Rick West

“I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place in our city late last night. My prayers are with all those affected – the victims, their families, their friends and their staff.”

Virginia Senator Lionell Spruill, Sr.

“I was just at this Sam’s Club today along with hundreds of others getting ready for the holidays. What a heartbreaking one #Thanksgiving2022 so many families will suffer as a result of this tragedy! I can’t be put into words right now! Hold on to your loved ones my friends!!”

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Winsome Earle-Sears

“Our hearts continue to grieve as we learn of more victims of senseless violence in Chesapeake. We mourn the many victims of deadly violence and suicide in the Commonwealth and across our nation. Our society is suffering. All life is precious. I am committed to becoming mental Health issues are a priority of my office and will work with the Governor, Attorney General, General Assembly and local leaders to address this crisis. Let us mourn and pray for these families as we begin to gather for Thanksgiving as they will have one last chair at their tables.”

US Representative Bobby Scott

“Tragically, our community suffers another incident of senseless gun violence as families gather for Thanksgiving. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

Mamie Locke, Virginia State Senator

“Another mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake. Seven known dead including the gunman are praying for the healing of those hospitalized as a result of gun violence. When will we have the courage to solve this problem.

“I am absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place tonight at a Walmart in my county in Chesapeake, Virginia. I will not rest until we find solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country that has claimed so many lives.”

Ramin Fatehi, Attorney General of Norfolk Commonwealth

“My heart breaks for the citizens of Chesapeake, for the workers at Wal-Mart, for the victims, for their families and for the @chesapeakepolice. Chesapeake holds a special place in my heart: I prosecuted there for four years, and my father spent over 30 years of his neurosurgical career there healing people. I remember when this Wal-Mart, the first in Hampton Roads, was built, and many years later I met the people who worked there through my job. I pray for them, for the victims and their families, and for peace from the scourge of #gun violence.”