A gunman opened fire at a Walmart supermarket in Chesapeake, Virginia, leaving “multiple casualties” and injuries at the scene, police said. Let’s take a closer look at this Walmart shooting.
A shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday night reported “multiple casualties.” Authorities said the suspect also died. Chesapeake Police spokesman Leo Kosinski told reporters outside the scene that officers were called to the Walmart Supercenter at 10:12 p.m. local time due to a serious threat situation. The Walmart shooting shocked many.
Over the next 30 to 45 minutes, Kosinski said, “we were able to find several casualties and several injured people.” The exact number of deaths and injuries has not been confirmed. Five people are being treated at a hospital in the region for unidentified injuries after the injured were rushed there.
“While details of the suspect’s death were not immediately released, Kosinski said the shooter is believed to have acted alone. Although at least one body was found outside, Kosinski said the shooting is believed to have occurred inside the store. According to Walmart’s website, the store was accessible to customers at the time of the shooting.
More than 40 emergency vehicles rushed to the Walmart store on Battlefield Boulevard after a 911 call was made at 10:12 p.m. local time on Tuesday. When police responded to the scene, they realized it was an active shooter situation and changed their tactics accordingly, Mr. Kosinski said.
The coastal Hampton Roads region of southern Virginia, which includes the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, straddles the Chesapeake. It’s unclear how many deaths there are, but the Chesapeake Police Department said there were “multiple” casualties in the Walmart shooting.
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According to a law enforcement source, “Preliminary information about the Walmart shooting indicates that an employee, possibly a manager, went into the break room and shot several employees and himself.” According to ABC News, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is on the scene.
“Our first responders are knowledgeable and willing to help. Our communications staff is organized and willing to share additional details.
Although at least one body was found outside, the shooting is believed to have taken place inside the store, Kocincsi said. According to Walmart’s website, the store was accessible to customers at the time of the shooting.
In the past few days, there have been two major mass shootings in the United States. Early Sunday morning, a gunman opened fire inside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17 others.
The U.S. has surpassed 200 mass shootings this year, the Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection organization, counted 212 mass shootings so far this year as of Tuesday. It defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed, excluding the shooter. Data on mass shootings so far this year can be found here.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the US ended 2021 with 693 mass shootings. 611 the previous year and 417 in 2019. As for school shootings, according to Education Week, 34 such incidents have occurred in 2021 educational institutions (the most since the organization started its database). There have been 10 shooting incidents in 2020. 24 shooting incidents were reported between 2019 and 2018.
The City of Chesapeake’s Twitter account tweeted: “A family reunification site has been set up at the Chesapeake Convention Center (700 Convention Center Drive). This site is for immediate family members or emergency contact of occupants of the building only.
A family reunification site has been set up at the Chesapeake Convention Center (700 Convention Center Drive). This site is for immediate family members or emergency contact of occupants of the building only.
— City of Chesapeake (@AboutChesapeake) November 23, 2022
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Virginia state senator Lewis Lucas said in a tweet late Tuesday that he was “absolutely heartbroken” by the latest mass shooting in the United States at a Walmart in Chesapeake.
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He added: “I will not rest until we find solutions to end this epidemic of gun violence that has claimed so many lives in our country.” Senator Mark Warner said he was “sickened” by reports of mass shootings and said he would be “monitoring developments closely”. “Heartbroken by news of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake”
Mr. Warner said in a tweet. “In the meantime, I urge everyone in the community to stay away from the scene and seek guidance from local law enforcement.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is said to be working with the Chesapeake Police in the investigation.
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