The city of Chesapeake, Virginia has identified Andre Bing as the alleged Walmart employee who opened fire last night at one of the company’s stores there, killing six people before police say he turned his pistol on himself.
Bing, the company said in a statement to WHD News Digital, was an “overnight team lead and he’s been employed with us since 2010.” The 31-year-old from Chesapeake was “armed with one handgun and had multiple magazines,” according to the city.
“While details of the tragic incident in our Chesapeake, Virginia store are still emerging, authorities have confirmed multiple fatalities. We are focused on doing everything we can to support our associates and their families at this time,” Walmart said in a statement. “The alleged shooter has been identified as Andre Bing. We can confirm that he was a Walmart associate.”
The development comes as employees at the Walmart Supercenter location in Chesapeake are now speaking out about the violence that erupted in the break room of the store late Tuesday night.
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Employee Briana Tyler said the overnight stocking team of about 15 or 20 people had just gathered in the break room to go over the morning plan. She said the meeting was about to start, and her team leader said: “All right guys, we have a light night ahead of us,” when her manager 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.”
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 the manager just the night before, said the assailant 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.”
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Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk television station WAVY that she hid under the table, and the shooter looked at her with his gun pointed at her. He 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 guess it was so loud, I could feel it.”
A witness also told WAVY that she heard the suspect laughing at one point and that she believes the shooting was planned.
The city of Chesapeake said Wednesday that “Three individuals, including the shooter, were located deceased in the break room of the store.
“One victim was located deceased toward the front of the store. Three other victims were transported to local hospitals for further treatment, but succumbed to their injuries,” the city tweeted.
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“At least six additional victims were transported to local hospitals for further medical treatment. One of these individuals is currently in critical condition,” the city added.
The chaos ended after police say the shooter, who was armed with a pistol, turned the weapon on himself. He is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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