Monday, June 24, 2024

Multiple Victims Killed in Mass Shooting at Va. Walmart

'The shooter is now deceased... '

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) A mass shooting that erupted Tuesday night inside a Virginia Walmart resulted in at least nine killed, including the alleged shooter, and left multiple injured victims who were being transported to hospitals.

“A Chesapeake police spokesperson tells us at this point he believes no more than 10 people have died,” reported WAVY News. “It’s unclear if the shooter was an employee. The shooter is now deceased. Officers are walking through the Walmart super center checking for victims.”

Police responded to the Walmart after receiving a call at 10:12 p.m. reporting the shooting, which occurred while the store was still open to the public, WAVY reported.

“A greeter on duty at the time told WAVY the shooting started in the back of the store. One person was also found deceased outside the front entrance.”

Authorities confirmed that the shooter was dead, but didn’t provide details on whether the gunman was shot by law enforcement officers. After entering the store, police found multiple victims during a search that lasted upwards of 45 minutes, according to Chesapeake Police Department spokesperson Leo Kosinski.

CNN reported that “the shooter was an employee or former employee of the store who opened fire on other employees in a break room.”

A “law enforcement source” told CNN that it “is believed the shooter at some point turned the gun on himself.”

“Sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake. I’ll be monitoring developments closely,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. “In the meantime, I urge all those in the community to listen to guidance from local law enforcement and stay away from the scene.”

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