Walmart manager pulled out gun at team meeting and started firing, witness says

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A Walmart manager pulled retired a handgun earlier a regular worker gathering and began firing wildly astir the interruption country of a Virginia store, sidesplitting six radical successful the nation’s 2nd high-profile wide shooting successful 4 days, constabulary and witnesses said connected Wednesday.

he gunman was dormant erstwhile officers arrived precocious Tuesday astatine the store successful Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city.

Authorities said helium seemingly changeable himself. Police were trying to find a motive. One worker described watching “bodies drop” arsenic the assailant fired haphazardly, without saying a word.

“He was conscionable shooting each passim the room. It didn’t substance who helium hit. He didn’t accidental anything. He didn’t look astatine anybody successful immoderate circumstantial benignant of way,” said Briana Tyler, a Walmart employee.

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Andre Bing, a manager, has been named arsenic  the gunman who killed six radical   astatine  a Walmart store   (Virginia DMV/Chesapeake Police via AP)

Andre Bing, a manager, has been named arsenic the gunman who killed six radical astatine a Walmart store (Virginia DMV/Chesapeake Police via AP)

Andre Bing, a manager, has been named arsenic the gunman who killed six radical astatine a Walmart store (Virginia DMV/Chesapeake Police via AP)

Six radical were wounded successful the shooting, which happened conscionable aft 10pm arsenic shoppers were stocking up up of the Thanksgiving holiday. Police said they judge astir 50 radical were successful the store astatine the time.

The gunman was identified arsenic Andre Bing, 31, an overnight squad person who had been a Walmart worker since 2010. Police said helium had 1 handgun and respective magazines of ammunition.

Tyler said the overnight stocking squad of 15 to 20 radical had conscionable gathered successful the interruption country to spell implicit the greeting plan.

She said the gathering was astir to start, and 1 squad person said: “All close guys, we person a airy nighttime up of us.”

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Briana Tyler re-enacts what happened erstwhile   fishy  Andre Bing opened occurrence  astatine  the Walmart store   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Briana Tyler re-enacts what happened erstwhile fishy Andre Bing opened occurrence astatine the Walmart store (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Briana Tyler re-enacts what happened erstwhile fishy Andre Bing opened occurrence astatine the Walmart store (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Then Bing turned astir and opened occurrence connected the staff.

At first, Ms Tyler doubted the shooting was real, reasoning that it was an progressive shooter drill.

“It was each happening truthful fast,” she said, adding: “It is by the grace of God that a slug missed me. I saw the fume leaving the gun, and I virtually watched bodies drop. It was crazy.”

Police said 3 of the dead, including Bing, were recovered successful the interruption room. One of the slain victims was recovered adjacent the beforehand of the store. Three others were taken to hospitals wherever they died.

Ms Tyler, who started moving astatine Walmart 2 months agone and had worked with Bing conscionable a nighttime earlier, said she ne'er had a antagonistic brushwood with him, but others told her helium was “the manager to look retired for.”

She said Bing had a past of penning radical up for nary reason.

“He conscionable liked to pick, honestly. I deliberation helium conscionable looked for small things, due to the fact that helium had the authority. That’s conscionable the benignant of idiosyncratic that helium was. That’s what a batch of radical said astir him,” she said.

Employee Jessie Wilczewski told Norfolk tv presumption WAVY that she hid nether the table, and Bing looked and pointed his weapon astatine her. He told her to spell home, and she left.

Police said the dormant included a 16-year-old lad whose sanction was being withheld due to the fact that of his age.

The different victims were identified arsenic Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; and Randy Blevins, 70, who were each from Chesapeake; and Tyneka Johnson, 38, of adjacent Portsmouth.

It was not instantly wide whether they were workers oregon shoppers.

The onslaught was the 2nd clip successful a small much than a week that Virginia has experienced a large shooting.

Three University of Virginia shot players were fatally changeable connected a charter autobus arsenic they returned to field from a tract travel connected November 13. Two different students were wounded.

The battle astatine the Walmart came days aft a idiosyncratic opened occurrence astatine a cheery nightclub successful Colorado Springs, sidesplitting 5 radical and wounding 17.

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