Virginia Walmart Shooting: Suspect Was Employee, Committed Suicide
Agents responded to a call reporting a shooting at Walmart located in Chesapeake, around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The suspected perpetrator of the shooting that killed six Tuesday night at a Walmart in Virginia was an employee who later committed suicide at the scene, police said Wednesday morning.
The suspect died of what we believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky told a news conference. ;State of Virginia, where the motive killing took place at this time unknown.
The shots, carried out with a pistol, also injured four people, hospitalized in nearby hospitals, and whose condition is unknown.
This tragedy took place while the United States prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving. And four days earlier, a shooting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, left five people dead and at least 18 injured at an LGBTQ club. The club commemorated Transgender Day of Remembrance that evening, dedicated to the victims of transphobic violence and celebrated internationally.
Ten days earlier, already in Virginia, three members of the University of Virginia American football team had been killed by a former teammate after returning from a bus excursion during which they had attended a play.
The investigation, Wednesday morning in Chesapeake, has only just begun, underlined Mark Solesky, the police still analyzing the crime scene with the help of the federal police, the FBI.
The police received a first emergency call at 10:12 p.m. and the first police officers entered the Walmart supermarket in this city, 240 km south of the capital Washington, four minutes later. Solesky said.
The situation was declared safe at 11:20 p.m. after a thorough review of the store.
The store, still open at this time, was packed with customers ahead of the big Thanksgiving family celebration, according to local media.
We are shocked by this tragic event, tweeted Walmart, the world's number one retailer, on Wednesday.
We mourn with the Chesapeake community this morning, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said on Twitter.
Virginia Senatewoman Louise Lucas claimed on Twitter that she will find no rest until we find solutions to end this rampant gun violence that has stolen so much life in our country.
The phenomenon of employee shootings in the workplace is not new to the United States.
From the 1970s to the 1990s, employees or former employees had suffered around 40 deaths in a series of attacks on the postal services, so much so that the Americans invented the formula going postal (become stamped) to describe bouts of workplace violence.
The United States is a regular scene of mass shootings and other gun violence. According to the Gun Violence Archive, more than 600 mass shootings (at least four people killed or injured) have taken place since the start of 2022.
The issue of toughening the framework gun law remains politically sensitive, however, and Congress is failing to come to an agreement in this area.