According to authorities, the weapon used in the crime was legally bought just hours before the attacker started shooting at coworkers at a Virginia Walmart.
According to a Friday update from Chesapeake city officials, the shooter had no prior convictions.
In the attack on Tuesday night, six people—all Walmart employees—were slain.
The shooter also passed away from a gunshot wound that he gave himself.
Police have not given a reason for the shooting, but they have revealed a “Death Note” that was discovered on the shooter’s phone and contained what they believe to be grievances against several of his coworkers.
The note’s final line read, “God forgive me for what I am going to do,” from the suspect.
Police have named the victims as Lorenzo Gamble, 43, Brian Pendleton, 38, Kellie Pyle, 52, Randall Blevins, 70, and Tyneka Johnson, 22.
On Friday, the city revealed name of the sixth victim: 16-year-old Fernando Chavez-Barron.
It’s reported that a Walmart spokesperson said in a statement to media that all of the victims worked for the company.
The gunman was identified by police as 31-year-old Andre Bing, a manager at the Walmart where the attack took place.
Police said he was armed with a 9mm handgun that was purchased at a local store, and multiple magazines.
Gun violence in the US explained in seven charts
A witness in the attack has said the gunman appeared to be targeting specific people.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Jessica Wilczewski said workers were gathered in the store’s break room when the gunman opened fire.
“What I do know is that he made sure who he wanted dead, was dead,” Ms Wilczewski said.
Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said a community vigil will be held on Monday to commemorate the victims.
The Virginia shooting came just days after a gunman opened fire at a LGBT nightclub in the US state of Colorado, killing five people and leaving 17 others with gunshot injuries.
This is not the first mass shooting at a Walmart store. Twenty-three people were killed in 2019 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The gunman, who allegedly targeted Hispanics, is awaiting trial.
Leave a Reply