Virginia: Walmart Manager Shoots 6 Employees Dead

CHESHPDEAKE, Va. (HPD) — A Walmart manager opened fire with a gun in a break room before a routine employee meeting at a Virginia store, killing six people, the media said Wednesday. police and witnesses.

The shooter was already dead when officers arrived Tuesday night at the store in Chesapeake, the state’s second-largest city. Authorities said he apparently shot himself. Police said they were trying to determine the motive for the killing.

“He just shot every which way in the room. No matter who he gave it to. She did not say anything. She didn’t look at anyone specifically,” said Briana Tyler, a Walmart employee.

Six other people were injured in the massacre, which occurred just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, when the store was bustling with people buying their Thanksgiving supplies. Police said there were about 50 people in the store at the time of the shooting.

The shooter was identified as Andre Bing, 31, the head of an employee night crew who had worked at Walmart since 2010. Police said he had a handgun and several magazines.

Tyler pointed out that the night catering team of 15-20 people had just met in the break room to go over the plan for the next morning. He said that when the meeting was about to start, one of the team leaders said: “Very good, comrades, a light night awaits us”. At this point, Bing turned around and started shooting at the staff.

Tyler said that, at first, he doubted that the shots were real and thought it was some drill involving an armed attacker.

“It all happened very fast,” he said. “By the grace of God, no bullet hit me. I watched the smoke come out of the gun, and I literally watched the bodies fall. It was crazy”.

Police noted that three of the dead, including Bing, were in the break room. One of the victims was found near the front of the store. Three more were taken to hospitals where they died.

Tyler, who started working at Walmart two months ago and had worked with Bing just the night before, said he had been told that Bing was a “caring manager.” Tyler said Bing had a history of reporting employees for no reason.

“Honestly he liked to tease. I think she was looking for little excuses… because she had authority. That was how he was as a person. That was what a lot of people were saying about him,” she said.

Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk television WAVY that she hid under a table, and Bing looked at her and pointed the gun at her. Bing told her to go home and she left.

It is the second shooting attack in just over a week in Virginia. Three University of Virginia football players were shot and killed on a bus as they were returning to school from a field trip on November 13. Two more students were injured.

The Tuesday night shooting also evoked another Walmart attack: the one in 2019, when a gunman wanting to target Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people.

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Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Chesapeake; Michael Kunzelman and Sarah Brumfield in Silver Spring, Maryland; Matthew Barakat in Falls Church, Va.; Hannah Schoenbaum in Raleigh, North Carolina; Anne D’Innocenzio and Alexandra Olson in New York; Rhonda Shafner in New York; and video journalist Nathan Ellgren in Chesapeake contributed to this report.

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