At least six people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Four people injured in the shooting remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said. At least two were in critical condition, said Dr. Michael Hooper, vice president and chief medical officer at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Chesapeake Police are releasing new details as its investigation continues. Here’s what we know so far:
- 10:12 p.m. ET: Police respond to the Walmart after receiving calls that there was an active shooter inside the store, according to a statement from police Wednesday afternoon.
- 10:14 p.m. ET: The first officer arrives on the scene, police said.
- 10:16 p.m. ET: Police say they entered the store about two minutes later.
The scene inside the store: Once they were inside, Chesapeake Police said officers started locating and evacuating shoppers and employees, the statement said.
According to the statement, police said they believe around 50 people were inside the store at the time of the shooting. They are still trying to find people who witnessed the incident and may have more information, the statement said.
While they were searching, they found several people dead — two people and the shooter were dead in the break room, according to police, and another person was found dead near the front of the store. Officials say three people died at the hospital.
What we know about the victims: The city of Chesapeake, Virginia, has identified the five of the six people killed in the shooting:
- Lorenzo Gamble
- Brian Pendleton
- Kellie Pyle
- Randall Blevins
- Tyneka Johnson
A 16-year-old male was also killed, officials said.
What we know about the suspect: The shooter has been identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, a “team lead” for store’s overnight shift, according to police. Law enforcement said they believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Chesapeake Police said Bing had one handgun and “several magazines” of ammunition with him. Police said he was “dressed in civilian clothing and was not wearing any type of armor or ballistic vest,” the statement reads.
What’s next: The Chesapeake SWAT team executed a search warrant at Bing’s house, the statement from police said, adding that investigators are “actively working to learn more about the suspect’s background and what may have motivated the shooting.”
Police said detectives are still collecting evidence at the Walmart and the store is expected to be closed for the next several days as law enforcement continues to process the scene.
The statement from police said detectives are also working to contact victims’ families. They have not released the names of any of the victims yet.