Police spokesman gives update on Walmart shooting
Fernando Chavez Jr. along with five others were fatally shot and at least four others were wounded when gunman Andre Bing opened fire on the department store on Tuesday.
A chilling “manifesto” has been found on the gunman’s mobile phone in which he stated his motive for the mass shooting Virginia prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Witnesses have described how the horrifying events unfolded in the employees’ break room as investigators try to piece together a motive.
A law enforcement source told local media that Bing was “upset” over a recent change in employment status and complained that he was being “harassed” by co-workers.
A former colleague also said he was paranoid that the government was watching him and didn’t like being recorded. A witness claims she saw him attack certain people during the attack.
President Joe Biden said yesterday that the shooting, as well as the massacre at an LGBT+ club in Colorado Springs over the weekend, underscored the need to ban “sick” assault weapons with no social value.
‘Missing my baby’: Families remember Walmart shooting victims
Guardian and father of two. A mother with wedding plans. A happy guy.
This is how friends and family described some of the six people who were killed in one Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, when a manager opened fire with a gun just before an employee meeting. Five adults have been identified, while authorities have not released the name of the sixth person killed, a 16-year-old boy.
Here are some details about those that were lost.
Ben Finley and Jennifer Cinco Kelleher has the history.
Josh Marcus25 November 2022 04:20
Community members mourn teenage victims of Chesapeake shooting
Community members gathered Thursday to mourn Fernando Chavez Jr, one of the victims of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting.
Authorities previously kept the 16-year-old’s name confidential because of his age, but supporters have now organized a memorial fund. GoFundMe in his name.
Chavez was remembered as “a great person who will be missed,” according to the site.
“He was an 11th grade honor student and new driver who was excited about his first part-time job at Walmart,” the GoFundMe page continues. “A great son and great big brother, he loved building with Legos. He will always be remembered as a humble, loving, responsible and hard-working young man.”
Josh Marcus25 November 2022 03:20
Should we repost the name of the Chesapeake shooter?
As Americans across the country scramble to get news about the Chesapeake Walmart shooting, one local newsroom has made an interesting decision: not to repeatedly broadcast the name of the alleged gunman.
Deciding how much to center on the shooter’s identity after a mass killing is often a controversial choice in newsrooms.
On the one hand, focusing on the assailant sheds light on what happened and can suggest places where authorities can look for future warning signs.
On the other hand, the identity of the shooter can often eclipse that of the victims or even inspire copycats.
What do you think is the best way forward?
Josh MarcusNovember 25, 2022 02:20
There have been 609 mass shootings this year
The Chesapeake shooting was another mass killing in America’s gun violence epidemic.
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 609 mass killings in the United States this year, part of 39,843 total gun violence deaths in the country.
Josh Marcus25 November 2022 01:20
Walmart holds Thanksgiving meal at Virginia hotel for traumatized employees
Walmart hosted a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday for employees at a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, where six people were killed in a mass shooting Tuesday, ABC News reports.
The meal took place at the Delta Hotel in Chesapeake, and included store employees and their families, as well as faith leaders there to offer comfort.
Seven people remain in hospital with injuries after the shooting.
Josh Marcus25 November 2022 00:50
Video: Church holds service to honor Chesapeake shooting victims
A church in Chesapeake, Virginia, held a candlelight service to honor the six people killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart store on Tuesday.
The service was one of numerous memorials to the tragedy that have sprung up in the store and around the city.
Watch the full video below via Reuters.
Josh Marcus25 November 2022 00:20
Chesapeake survivors recount horrific moments from shooting
Survivors of the Nov. 22 shooting inside a Virginia Walmart that killed six people have begun to share their experiences.
Donya Prioleau said she was inside the employee break room when shots started ringing out.
“Half of us didn’t believe it was real until some of us saw all the blood on the floor,” she added.
Another co-worker, Jessie Wilczewski, told the network she could have run from the gunfire, but chose to stay in the store as her co-workers experienced their final moments.
“I could have run out that door … and I stayed. I stayed so they wouldn’t be alone,” she said.
Josh Marcus24 November 2022 at 11.30 p.m
Memorial grows outside Chesapeake Walmart after mass shooting
Mourners and community members have built a memorial outside the Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart where six people were killed in a mass shooting Tuesday.
Flowers and balloons have been collected to remember the victims: Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Lorenzo Gamble, Randy Blevins, Tyneka Johnson and a 16-year-old boy whose name has been withheld.
“It was important for us to come out and remember,” a community member told WAVY. “It was important to remember the lives lost and everyone affected by the tragedy. It’s heartbreaking to think about all the staff who have to go back and realize what happened here. All those who are in the hospital, several families, it’s very tragic.”
Josh Marcus24 November 2022 at 23.00
‘It’s Andre’: Video shows alleged Walmart shooter Andre Bing joking with coworkers
A video circulating on social media shows alleged Chesapeake Walmart shooter Andre Bing at work joking with his co-workers. In the original clipwhich appears to have been removed from Facebook, shows a person who looks like Bing telling a story about parking a car before smiling and jumping out of frame when he realizes he’s being recorded.
“It’s Andre,” a colleague can be heard saying in the background.
“YOU KILLED PEOPLE THAT WERE REALLY CLOSE TO ME THERE. I NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD DO SUCH A THING LIKE THAT…THIS IS THE MANAGER THAT DID IT !! ROT IN HELL,” Draayia Janaee, who posted the video, wrote on Facebook, Fox News reports.
Josh Marcus24 November 2022 at 10.30 p.m
An in-depth look at what caused the Chesapeake Walmart shooting
Police said they discovered on Andre Bing’s cell phone a “manifesto” of sorts in which he complained about unspecified changes in his employment status and what he called other employees’ harassment of him about it. A report said that near his body police found a list of employees he planned to attack.
When America marked Thanksgiving Day, the police came in Chesapeake, Virginiasearched for clues to the mass shooting as a Walmart store, an incident whose horror has reverberated across the nation, another harrowing mass shooting taking place in the most mundane of settings.
In Nantucket, Massachusetts, a vacation Joe Biden was asked about the incident and he promised that he would take steps to control the sale of semi-automatic weapons.
“The idea that we don’t enforce red flag laws … is ridiculous,” he said. “The idea that we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick. It has no, no social redemptive value. Zero. None. Not a single justification for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”
Andrew Buncombe has the whole story too The independent.
Josh Marcus24 November 2022 at 10 p.m