At least 7 dead, including suspect

At least seven people, including the suspect, were killed in a shooting Tuesday evening at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.

“The Chesapeake Police Department confirms 7 deaths, including the gunman, from last night’s shooting at Walmart on Sam’s Circle,” the city of Chesapeake said in a statement. tweet early Wednesday morning.

A police spokesman told NBC News authorities were aware of multiple reports that the shooter was a Walmart employee. Officials cannot confirm those reports, the spokesman said.

The shooting at the Walmart Supercenter was reported to police shortly after 10 p.m., Chesapeake Police Officer Leo Kosinski told reporters in a briefing following the incident.

Police believe the shooting happened at the Walmart. One person was found dead outside the store, Kosinski said.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital treated five victims, a health system spokesman said, but their condition was not released.

Kosinski told reporters he did not know how the gunman died. He said he did not believe the gunman was shot by police. It was not clear whether any of the victims or the attacker were employees.

Washington’s Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to the shooting.

“I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that occurred late last night in our town,” Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said in a statement. pronunciation Wednesday morning. “My prayers are with all those affected – the victims, their families, their friends and their colleagues,” he said, thanking aid workers for their “quick actions”.

“Chesapeake is a close-knit community and we are all shocked by this news. Together we will support each other during this time. Please keep us in your prayers,” West said.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., tweeted: “Became sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake. I will follow developments closely.”

A reunion site was set up at the Chesapeake Conference Center for close relatives or emergency contacts, the city said.

“It’s pathetic. We’re a few days before Thanksgiving,” Kosinski said, adding, “It’s just a bad time, just for everyone involved — especially the victims. This is terrible.”

Walmart said its thoughts are with everyone involved and that it was fully cooperating with law enforcement and supporting its employees.

“We are shocked by this tragic event at our store in Chesapeake, Virginia,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “We pray for those affected, the community and our employees.”

This story originally appeared at NBCNews.com.

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