the main points
- Seven people were killed, including the gunman.
- Using a handgun, the suspect injured at least four people, who were receiving treatment in area hospitals.
- The shooting comes as the United States prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The suspect, who was not identified by police, did not say anything when he began shooting at workers, Brianna Tyler, a Walmart employee, said in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America that they had gathered before their shift late in the day. Tuesday.
He did not disclose a possible motive for the shooting, but said the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Law enforcement, including the FBI, work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia. source: aap / (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
In the wake of the killing of five people at a Colorado Springs nightclub on Saturday, the latest massacre has sparked another round of condemnations from government officials and calls from activists for tighter gun control.
US President Joe Biden on Wednesday called the shooting “another horrific, senseless act,” and pledged any federal resources needed to help with the investigation.
Another employee, Kevin Harper, told CBS, “The Battlefield Walmart was shot at by one of my bosses. It killed two people. By the grace of God I was able to make it happen.”
Tuesday’s bloodshed was the latest wave of gun violence in the United States, with an average of two mass shootings — defined as an incident that kills or injures four or more people — each day, according to GunViolenceArchive.org.
Wal-Mart, in a statement Wednesday, said it was “shocked” by the violence at the Chesapeake store and was working closely with law enforcement.