- The gunman who opened fire at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart Tuesday night was a store employee, police said.
- Officers believe the gunman killed himself at the scene.
- Police said the gunman used a handgun in the shooting, which left 6 dead and at least six others injured.
The gunman who killed six people at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, was a store employee, police said.
He has been identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing of Chesapeake, police said Wednesday.
The accused gunman was a Walmart associate working as an overnight team lead at the store, Walmart said in a statement to Insider. He has been working at the store since 2010.
Officers believe the gunman killed himself at the scene, Chesapeake Chief of Police Col. Mark G. Solesky said at a press conference the morning after the shooting.
Police said he was armed with one handgun and had multiple magazines on his person.
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A suspect’s home has been searched, Solesky said. Police said the public isn’t in any more danger.
A man who said he was a witness livestreamed from what appeared to be the parking lot at the time of the shooting, claiming the gunman was “one of the managers” at the store.
Jessie Wilczewski, a Walmart employee on her fifth day on the job was in the room when the gunman opened fire. She told local news station WAVY-TV she believes the attack was planned and that he was targeting other Walmart managers.
Police have not announced a motive for the attack.
Former co-workers described the accused gunman as ‘aggressive’
The suspect was in charge of overseeing employees as they unloaded and stocked groceries throughout the store during the night shift, two of his former co-workers told The New York Times this week.
The former co-workers said the gunman sometimes displayed a “nasty attitude” at work that resulted in complaints from those he oversaw.
The former Walmart employees also told the outlet that the suspect would cover up his cell phone’s camera with tape and often expressed a fear that he was being watched by the government.
“Everyone called him weird,” Shaundrayia Reese, who worked overnight shifts at the store from 2015 to 2018, told The Times. “That was all anyone could say about Andre.”
After the Tuesday shooting, Reese said she learned from other Walmart associates that the suspected shooter had previously made threats, she told NBC News, including that if he were to ever be fired he would “come back and kill people.”
Nathan Sinclair, 21, who previously worked the managerial shift ahead of the suspected gunman’s told The Times that they sometimes fought over workplace matters.
“He had an attitude,” Sinclair told the newspaper. “He was kind of aggressive. There were moments where he was okay, but he was definitely hard to work with and a little hostile.”
The suspected shooter’s neighbors said they knew little about him
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Chesapeake tax records show the shooter bought a three-bedroom house in the city in 2019.
Vera McDuffie told the outlet that he moved in two doors down from her about two or three years ago and said she believed he lived alone.
“Nobody that I knew knew anything about him,” McDuffie, 65, told The Post. The only time she would see him, she said, was when he cut his lawn. “His yard is immaculate.”
Police were at the shooter’s house all night, she said, but had left by the morning.
McDuffie’s husband, James McDuffie, told The Post that the shooter had previously told him that he worked at Walmart and that his mother and sister died of COVID-19 in New York.