Police identify the gunman behind the Virginia Walmart shooting

Updated November 23, 2022 at 09:53 ET

CHESAPEAKE, Va. Andre Bing, 31, has been identified as the gunman who opened fire at a Walmart Supercenter in Virginia late Tuesday, the city of Chesapeake said Wednesday afternoon.

The attack killed six people and hospitalized four.

The City of Chesapeake has announced Bing’s identification on Twitter Wednesday along with new details. Bing had been employed by Walmart as an overnight team leader since 2010, the company confirmed.

Bing was reportedly armed with one gun and carrying several magazines when he was found, the city said. Three of the deceased, including the gunman, were found in the canteen of the store. Bing was found at the scene with what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said, the city added.

Another person was found dead in front of the store, the city said. The other three victims were taken to local hospitals but succumbed to their injuries. The city said six more people were taken to hospitals to treat their injuries and one of those people is in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

“We are focused on doing everything we can to support our employees and their families at this time. We are grateful to local first responders and will continue to work with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation,” Walmart said in a statement.

The Chesapeake Police Department is still working with the families of the victims before releasing the names of the dead.

Police would not say whether the victims were shoppers, employees or both. Police stressed it could take days to investigate the investigation and said they could not say if the shooter was targeting anyone.

It’s also unclear how many people were in the store at the time of the shooting, during what are normally popular pre-Thanksgiving shopping hours.

Law enforcement, including the FBI, is working on the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Wednesday.

Law enforcement, including the FBI, is working on the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Wednesday.

The shooting came three days after a person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and injuring 17. Last week, a former college football player shot three of his teammates on the campus of the University of Virginia.

And since 2019, Americans have witnessed at least five fatal grocery store shootings, including one that killed 10 shoppers, most of them black, at a Buffalo grocery store in May.

Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of a 2019 shooting in neighboring Virginia Beach that left 12 dead. Dan-Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, responded by proposing a series of gun reform measures for Virginia, the state where the NRA is based.

After a backlash from pro-rights groups, including a high-profile rally of thousands of armed protesters in 2020, the measures have met with mixed success. New background check rules and limits on the number of firearms a person can buy went into effect last year.

Police say they arrived at the scene at 10:14 p.m. ET on Monday, two minutes after the first 911 call, and officially cleared the store at 11:20 p.m.

“The SWAT team of the Chesapeake Police Department executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence,” Solenksy added. “With the help of Virginia State Police, we cleared the house. We have reason to believe there is no danger to the public at this time.”

In this frame from a video, Virginia Police respond at the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart on Tuesday night, November 22, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.

In this frame-from-video, Virginia Police respond at the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart Tuesday night in Chesapeake, Virginia.

A Norfolk General Hospital spokesperson said they were treating at least five patients after the shooting.

Walmart tweeted early Wednesday that it was “shocked by this tragic event.”

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin echoed that sentiment, saying in a tweet that “heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities” and that he was in contact with law enforcement.

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said in a statement that he was “devastated by the senseless act of violence” and described his town as a “close-knit community.”

Chesapeake is a city of about a quarter of a million people along the southern coast of Virginia.

Sarah McCammon reported from Chesapeake; Emily Olson reported from Washington, DC

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