The Walmart shooter who killed multiple people in a ‘planned’ massacre has been identified.
31-year-old Andre Bing opened fire in the breakroom of the store in Sam’s Circuit, Chesapeake, where 14 Walmart employees had gathered for a meeting.
The shooting took the lives of six people, including a 16-year-old boy.
The City of Chesapeake identified five of the deceased victims as Tyneka Johnson, Brian Pendleton, Randall Blevins, Lorenzo Gamble, and Kellie Pyle. The identity of the sixth victim was not revealed because of his age.
In a press release, officials said: “The City of Chesapeake has always been known as the ‘City That Cares’. And now, more than ever, we know our City will show up and care for those who need it most.”
Officials are now urging the public to “join us in praying for the family and friends of these community members who we have lost.”
The Walmart gunman has been identified as Bing, who was “armed with one handgun and had multiple magazines on his person.”
According to reports, there were around 50 people inside the store when the Walmart manager opened fire and shot ten before taking his own life.
When police searched his body, they discovered a list of names of his co-workers he wanted to target.
Two of the victims were next to Bing in the breakroom when cops arrived. Another was found at the front of the store.
Three others were rushed to a hospital where they tragically died. Four people are still in hospital with gunshot wounds.
Shaundrayia Reese, who previously worked with Bing, told The New York Times: “Everyone called him weird. That was all anyone could say about Andre.”
Another person who used to work with him also said that the Walmart manager had a ‘nasty attitude’ and was kind of ‘aggressive.’
Walmart CEO Dough McMillon also released a statement on LinkedIn, saying: “The devastating news of last night’s shooting at our Chesapeake, VA store at the hands of one of our associates has hit our Walmart family hard.
My heart hurts for our associates and the Chesapeake community who have lost or injured loved ones.We are here for them today and in the challenging days ahead they will have our support.
“We appreciate all of our associates, first responders, and local officials who are already on site helping offer support as we work together to navigate this tragedy.”
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