Police: Employee Killed 6 in Virginia Walmart Shooting

Police say the shooter is also deceased
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2022 11:32 PM CST
Updated Nov 23, 2022 7:39 AM CST
Multiple People Killed in Virginia Walmart Shooting
Law enforcement work the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. The store was busy just before the shooting Tuesday night with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Police in Virginia say multiple people were killed and injured Tuesday night in a shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart that was carried out by an employee. WAVY reports the shooting was reported at 10:12pm at a supercenter location off Battlefield Boulevard. The city of Chesapeake said that seven people are dead, reports the New York Times, including the still-unnamed shooter. Police rep Leo Kosinski said the responding officers found "multiple fatalities and multiple injured" upon entering the store.

A law enforcement source describes the shooter as a "disgruntled employee," reports NBC News. Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said in a Wednesday morning news conference that the shooter, who used a pistol, is thought to have died by suicide. Four victims remain hospitalized. WAVY spoke to one witness who works at the Walmart and said the shooting started as a group of employees gathered in a meeting room to hear about their duties for their shift. She indicated that she believed the shooting was planned and that the shooter zeroed in on managers; police have offered no confirmation of that. "There is no clear motive at this time," Solesky noted. This story has been updated as information emerges. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

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