Lawmakers and state leaders across the Commonwealth react to a shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart that killed at least six people and injured four others.
Authorities say it happened at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, just two days before Thanksgiving.
Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky confirmed to NBC News that the person who opened fire before committing suicide was a disgruntled employee.
This tragedy follows another shooting at the University of Virginia that killed three students and injured two others.
Several politicians offer their condolences following Tuesday’s heartbreaking incident as Virginia and beyond continue to mourn:
Governor Glenn Youngkin
Our hearts break this morning with the Chesapeake community. I will remain in contact with law enforcement this morning and have made all resources available as this investigation progresses. Horrific acts of violence have no place in our communities.
— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) November 23, 2022
AG Jason Miyares
I have been in contact with Mayor West, law enforcement and the local Commonwealth Attorney regarding today’s tragedy in Chesapeake. The OAG is ready to assist.
I am sick of this senseless violence in Chesapeake and our prayers go out for the victims and their families.
— Jason Miyares (@JasonMiyaresVA) November 23, 2022
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia – Endearing Earle-Sears
Our hearts continue to grieve as we learn of more victims of senseless violence in Chesapeake. We mourn the many victims of deadly violence and suicide in the Commonwealth and our country.
Our society is suffering. All life is precious.
– Lieutenant Governor of Virginia – Winsome Earle-Sears (@WinsomeSears) November 23, 2022
Mayor Rick West of Chesapeake
Senator Mark Warner
Sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake. I will follow developments closely.
In the meantime, I urge everyone in the community to heed local law enforcement guidelines and stay away from the crime scene.
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) November 23, 2022
Senator Tim Kaine
The Walmart shooting in Chesapeake is terrible. My prayers for all those affected and my thanks to the brave aid workers.
Both Congress and the Virginia General Assembly have finally taken steps to reduce gun violence, but there is so much more to do.
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) November 23, 2022
Senator Louise Lucas
I am absolutely heartbroken that the last mass shooting in America happened tonight at a Walmart in my county in Chesapeake, Virginia. I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this epidemic of gun violence in our country, which has claimed so many lives.
— L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) November 23, 2022
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