Loved ones share memories of Walmart victims

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WWBT) — More information is now coming out about the Chesapeake Walmart shooting that killed six employees and injured six others Tuesday night.

Authorities say a store manager opened fire before turning the gun on himself. Two people are still in hospital. One is in fair condition but still in the hospital and another is in critical condition.

“It was just unbearable. I had to put my phone away for a while. It’s hard to deal with,” said David Nixon, a cousin of one of the victims. “She woke up, got ready for work, just like any other shift. I’m sure she didn’t think something like this wouldn’t happen to her.”

(From left to right) Lorenzo Gamble, Kellie Pyle, Brian Pendleton, Tyneka Johnson, Randy...
(From left) Lorenzo Gamble, Kellie Pyle, Brian Pendleton, Tyneka Johnson, Randy Blevins, and a 16-year-old Chesapeake man whose identity is withheld because of his age, were all employees of Walmart.(City of Chesapeake)

Families share memories of their loved ones with the Washington Post.

Lorenzo Gamble, 43, worked at Walmart for 15 years. His mother said he was responsible for making the banana pudding for Thanksgiving.

Kellie Pyle, 52, was a mother and grandmother who had plans to get married soon.

Brian Pendleton, 38, recently celebrated his 10th anniversary at the store.

Tyneka Johnson, 22, had hopes of going to college.

A colleague told the New York Times that she fondly knew 70-year-old Randall Blevins as “Mr. Randy.”

The sixth victim killed was an unidentified 16-year-old Chesapeake. Due to his age, the police do not want to release his name.

We also learn more about two of the victims injured in the shooting. Jalon Jones’ mother says the 24-year-old was shot in the back and sternum. A colleague helped him get away by taking him outside to her car until medics arrived. He is now in stable condition.

“His exact words were, ‘I got shot, I really got shot,'” Kimberly Shupe said.

The family of injured victim Sarah Walker said she is in critical condition and has undergone multiple surgeries after being shot five times. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. Both were Walmart employees.

Survivors of the shooting have shared what they heard and saw.

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t point at anyone, he didn’t look at anyone in particular, he just had this blank look on his face, and he literally looked around the room and just shot, and there were just people falling to the floor.” , explains a survivor.

Some have said the shooter appeared to be targeting specific people, while others say he fired randomly.

“He just had the gun to my forehead, and it’s just really hard. He told me to go home, and I took the gun away from my forehead, and he pointed it at the ceiling, and he said, ‘Jesse go home,” said another.

Sentara Hospital is where two of the injured victims are being treated. The hospital is expected to provide another update on their condition at 10am on Friday.

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West will hold a candlelight vigil in City Park on Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. to honor the victims and mourn together.

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