Police spokesperson gives update on Walmart shooting
Fernando Chavez Jr along with five others was fatally shot and at least four others suffered injuries when gunman Andre Bing opened fire at the department store on Tuesday.
A chilling “manifesto” has been found on the cellphone of the gunman, where he laid out his motive for the mass shooting in Virginia ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Witnesses have described how the horrifying events unfolded in the employee break room, as investigators try to piece together a motive.
A law enforcement source told local media that Bing was “upset” about a recent change in employment status and complained that he was being “harassed” by fellow employees.
A former coworker also said he was paranoid about the government watching him and did not like being recorded. One witness claims she saw him target certain people during the attack.
President Joe Biden yesterday said the shooting, as well as the massacre at an LGBT+ club in Colorado Springs over the weekend, underscored the need to outlaw “sick” assault weapons with no social value.
Calls for workplace reform after Walmart shooting
Workers far too often don’t know how to recognize warning signs, and even more crucially don’t know how to report suspicious behavior or feel empowered to do so, according to workplace safety and human resources experts.
“We have built an industry around how to lock bad guys out. We have heavily invested in physical security measure like metal detectors, cameras and armed security guards,” said James Densley, professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University in DePaul, Minnesota and co-founder of the nonprofit and nonpartisan research group The Violence Project.
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Josh Marcus25 November 2022 11:20
‘Manifesto’ on gunman’s phone reveals possible motive
A chilling “manifesto” has been found on the cellphone of Walmart gunman Andre Bing, in which he allegedly laid out his motive for the mass shooting that left six coworkers dead and at least four other victims injured.
A law enforcement source told 10 On Your Side that, in the document, Bing, 31, described being “upset” about a recent change in employment status and complained that he was being “harassed” by fellow employees.
Officials have not confirmed the existence of the manifesto and are yet to reveal the motive for Tuesday night’s massacre.
Rachel Sharp has more.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar25 November 2022 10:50
Were there warning signs in the Walmart shooting?
A Walmart employee has claimed that the coworker who allegedly carried out a horror mass shooting at the store in Chesapeake, Virginia, had “issues” with some of their other colleagues and was “laughing” as he opened fire on his victims.
The gunman, who has since been named as Andre Bing, carried out the attack with a pistol before turning the gun on himself, police said.
A witness, who was not named, told local network 10 On Your Side that the shooting unfolded when 14 employees were sitting in a meeting room about to go on shift.
Rachel Sharp has more details.
Josh Marcus25 November 2022 10:20
Family and friends remember 16-year-old victim
Fernando Chavez Jr, 16, was among the six people fatally shot inside a Walmart department store in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday night.
Over a hundred friends and family of the teenager gathered at the Sam’s Circle Walmart yesterday to remember him in a vigil.
“Fernando was such a nice kid, he would say hi to anybody,” Joshua Trejo, his friend since middle school told The Virginian Pilot.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar25 November 2022 09:50
Andre Bing: What we know about alleged gunman in Chesapeake Walmart mass shooting
Andre Bing, a 31-year-old from Chesapeake, is accused of opening fire inside the break room of the store on Sam’s Circle at around 10pm on Tuesday.
Six Walmart employees were killed in the attack, the motive for which remains unclear but surviving employees have claimed that he had “issues” with other staff members.
Walmart confirmed the gunman’s name in a statement to The Independent on Wednesday morning. Police made their official confirmation hours later.
Rachel Sharp has more.
Josh Marcus25 November 2022 09:20
Gunman’s motive behind mass shooting still unclear
Police in Chesapeake, Virginia, said they spent Thanksgiving Day examining why Walmart supervisor Andre Bing fatally shot his six co-workers before turning the gun on himself.
“We are actively looking into a motive right now and we want to make sure we get it right before we release it,” said Leo Kosinski, spokesperson for Chesapeake Police Department.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar25 November 2022 08:50
Who are the victims of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting?
Night shift team leader Andre Bing walked into the break room where 14 employees were meeting shortly after 10pm and opened fire with a pistol. He then turned the gun on himself.
Those killed were Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins, and Tyneka Johnson. The sixth victim, a 16-year-old boy from Chesapeake, has not been publicly named as he is a minor.
At least six other surviving victims were taken to local hospitals for further treatment, with three still hospitalised as of Wednesday morning.
Here’s what we know about those whose lives were snatched away shortly before Thanksgiving.
Oliver O’Connell has the full report.
Josh Marcus25 November 2022 08:20
Biden rails against ‘sick’ semi-automatic weapons
President Joe Biden denounced the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons and the fact that some areas of the country did not enforce so-called “red flag laws” meant to prevent people who posed a danger to themselves and others.
Mr Biden made the remarks on Thanksgiving in Nantucket after delivering pumpkin pies to firefighters. The president’s remarks came after a mass shooting in Colorado Springs killed five people at Club Q, a gay bar, and a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, left six dead.
“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick,” he told reporters.
“Just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”
Eric Garcia reports.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar25 November 2022 07:50
16-year-old identified as one of the victims
Hundreds of people gathered in a vigil to pay tribute to a 16-year-old victim of the Walmart shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia, who was identified by authorities.
Fernando Chavez Jr, known to family and friends as Fernando Jesus Chavez was killed on Tuesday, along with five other victims.
A crowd gathered at the Sam’s Circle Walmart on Thursday to pay tribute to the teenager who family and friends described as “humble and intelligent”.
Maroosha Muzaffar reports.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar25 November 2022 07:39
Everything we know about the Walmart Chesapeake mass shooting
The incident unfolded just after 10pm on Tuesday at the superstore on Sam’s Circle.
It comes just days before Thanksgiving when shoppers were likely stocking up on goods ahead of the holiday season.
Rachel Sharp has the latest information.
Josh Marcus25 November 2022 07:20