Shot and Killed

Numerous People were Shot and Killed at a Walmart in Chesapeake on Sunday.

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Multiple people were killed or injured, and the suspect was killed in a shooting at a Walmart on Battlefield Blvd. in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday night, according to authorities.

Although the exact number of casualties and injuries from the shooting is yet unknown, police have reported finding numerous bodies and injured persons inside the building. A store greeter told WAVY that the gunfire began in the store’s back. Furthermore, one body was discovered just outside the front door.

At 10:12 p.m. on Tuesday, a caller reported a shooting at a Walmart Supercenter that was still open to the public. Workers on the night shift had just checked in.

Leo Kosinski, a spokesman for the Chesapeake Police Department, gave a briefing at 12:40 am EDT, although he did not have many changes to share beyond his earlier statement that “less than 10” individuals had perished. He said the hurt was taken to several different hospitals.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is the leading trauma facility in the area, and a representative there said they were currently caring for five patients.

Up until later Wednesday morning, around 8 a.m., authorities did not anticipate providing any further developments.

The identity of the shooter has not been confirmed by police, but they have stressed that the suspect is no longer alive. How or if the gunman died, or whether they were shot by police, is unknown at this time, according to authorities.

When news of the incident spread, officers from Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and the FBI all converged on the scene to lend assistance. Around the stroke of midnight, the Washington, DC, ATF tweeted that they were en route to assist with the investigation. Kosinski stated that it took law enforcement officers 30–45 minutes after receiving the call to enter the store and begin searching for victims.

The WAVY team wasn’t allowed anywhere near the store, but the cops declared it was safe to go in around 3 a.m. Everyone who had been missing had been found, but the inquiry was far from over.

Go to the Chesapeake Conference Center if you need to find a person who works or was at the store, or if you need information.

According to interviews with WAVY conducted with current and past Walmart employees, many were surprised by the news of the shooting because the shop was like a second home to them.

On Wednesday morning, a former employee was trying to find out information on the injured at the convention center. “I’ve been on the phone with a few other friends who were previous employees, and customers, and we’re all just in amazement,” the person said.

Outside of Norfolk General Hospital on Wednesday morning, WAVY’s Craig Loper spoke to a relative of one of the gunshot victims. The man, a 20-year Walmart employee in Chesapeake, called his loved ones at 10:18 p.m. to report being shot. She finds solace in knowing he has been communicating. Only ten minutes into his shift when he was shot.

Chesapeake native and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah wrote, “This happened directly down the street from my neighborhood in Chesapeake at the Walmart that my family and I have gone to for years. My deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of those who have been killed or injured and who will never return home. The gift of life is what I’m most grateful for this Thanksgiving. My mom was just there today, and I pray that everyone I know is OK because we thankfully avoided being caught in it. My prayers go out to the unknown. Thank you for remembering Chesapeake, Virginia, in your prayers this season.

Senator Louise Lucas of Virginia, whose district includes the affected area of Chesapeake, released a statement on Tuesday evening: “I am absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district in Chesapeake, Virginia tonight. When it comes to ending the gun violence that has claimed so many lives in our country, I will not rest until we have found a solution.

On Wednesday morning, a number of other elected leaders in Virginia sent tweets and statements:

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