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Law enforcement officers work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. The store was busy Tuesday night just before the shooting of people stocking up in the run-up to Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Walmart executive opened fire on fellow employees who had gathered in the cafeteria of a Virginia store, a witness said Wednesday. Six people were killed in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in a handful of days.

The gunman, who apparently killed himself, was dead when police found him, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky said. There was no clear motive for the shooting, as a result of which four people also ended up in hospital.

The store was busy Tuesday night just before the attack with people stocking up on supplies in the run-up to Thanksgiving

one customer told a local TV station.

Employee Briana Tyler said workers had gathered in the store’s break room, as they usually did prior to their shift.

“I looked up, and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire,” she told ABCs “Good Morning America,” add that “multiple people” fell on the ground.

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all”, she said.

Solesky confirmed that the shooter, who used a gun, was a Walmart employee, but did not give his name because his family has not been notified. He could not confirm whether the victims were all employees.

“I am devastated by the senseless violence that took place late last night in our city.” Mayor Rick W. West said in a statement on the city’s Twitter account Wednesday. “Chesapeake is a close-knit community and we are all shocked by this news.”

A database maintained by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks every mass murder in America since 2006 shows that this year was particularly bad. The US has had 40 mass murders so far this year, second only to the 45 that occurred in all of 2019. The database defines a mass murder as at least four deaths, not counting the killer.

The attack on the Walmart came three days after a person opened fire at a Colorado gay nightclub, killing five people and injuring 17. Earlier this year, the country was rocked by the death of 21 when a gunman stormed a primary school in Uvalde. , Texas.

Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of another at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman who police said was aiming at Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people.

A 911 call about the shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city and located next to the coastal communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, came in just after 10 p.m. The store was open at the time, but Solesky didn’t know how many shoppers were inside or whether the gunman was at work.

When asked if a security guard was present, the police chief said he did not know.

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