Police have released the identities of six people killed by the manager of a Virginia Walmart store before turning the gun on himself.
Most important points:
- At least four other people were injured in the attack
- Authorities are investigating the shooter’s motive
- Several of the gunmen’s colleagues had exhibited strange behavior
The gunman, identified as Andre Bing, 31, of Chesapeake, Virginia, said nothing as he began firing at employees gathered late Tuesday (local time) prior to their night shift, according to two employees who were in the break room.
At least four others were injured in the attack, which took place while about 50 people were inside the store.
Chesapeake police identified the victims as Brian Pendleton, 38, Kellie Pyle, 52, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, and Randy Blevins, 70, all from Chesapeake, and Tyneka Johnson, 38, from neighboring Portsmouth.
A 16-year-old boy from Chesapeake, whose name was not known because he was a minor, was also killed.
“We are saddened to announce the names of those we lost Tuesday night in the Walmart shooting at Sam’s Circle, but we hope that with this information we can honor their lives in our community,” the city said in a statement.
“The City of Chesapeake has always been known as the ‘City That Cares,’ and now, more than ever, we know our city will show up and care for those who need it most.”
The investigation continues
Authorities said they were still investigating what motivated the gunman, who came armed with a single handgun and several magazines of ammunition.
On Wednesday (local time), police searched a vehicle believed to belong to the shooter.
The white Ford Focus was surrounded by police tape and officers were examining items in the trunk of the car.
The city said the SWAT team executed a search warrant at his home.
“Detectives are trying to learn more about the background of the shooter and what may have led to the shooting,” the city said in a statement.
Walmart employee Briana Tyler told Good Morning America, “I looked up and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire.”
Several of the gunman’s colleagues told CNN that he had engaged in strange and sometimes threatening behavior in the past.
According to interviews with CNN, he also made paranoid remarks, expressing concern that the government was watching him.
Balloons and flowers were deposited Wednesday afternoon near a tree in the Walmart parking lot in what appeared to be a makeshift memorial.