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Walmart supervisor Andre Bing killed 6 people at Chesapeake, Virginia, store

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Law enforcement work the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. The shop was busy just before the shooting Tuesday night with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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A Walmart night crew supervisor killed six people Tuesday night before taking his own life on the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, police said Wednesday.

The massacre got here as people were purchasing for last-minute Thanksgiving items and because the store prepared for Black Friday, when shoppers traditionally head to retailers resembling Walmart to purchase holiday gifts at bargain prices.

The gunman — identified as Andre Bing, 31, of Chesapeake — was a disgruntled worker, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News. He was armed with a pistol and had multiple ammunition magazines on him, officials said.

Bing was an overnight team lead, and he had been with the corporate since 2010, Walmart said.

“We feel tragedies like this personally and deeply. But this one is very painful as we’ve got learned the gunman was a Walmart associate,” John Furner, Walmart’s U.S. chief executive, said in a message to employees. “Our hearts and prayers are with those impacted, and we’re grateful for the actions of first responders.”

Company CEO Doug McMillon, in a LinkedIn post, pledged to support the shop’s associates within the aftermath of the shooting.

In June, Walmart said it added a category to its store manager training program that focuses on spotting employees and customers who might have an intervention for mental health issues. Officials said Wednesday that they had yet to find out a “clear motive” for Tuesday’s rampage.

The shooting was reported to police shortly after 10 p.m. ET, and officers arrived on the scene inside minutes. Police declared the shop protected by 11:20 p.m., officials said Wednesday.

A neighborhood hospital treated other victims.

The gunman apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot, police said Wednesday.

Chesapeake Police and the Virginia State Police executed a search warrant on the suspect’s home, and authorities imagine there is no such thing as a further risk to the general public, officials said Wednesday.

The Chesapeake store will remain closed as authorities investigate the shooting. That process could take days, officials said.

The Walmart massacre got here three days after a deadly mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during which five people were killed. In May, a white racist gunman shot up a Buffalo, Latest York, food market, killing 10 people in a predominantly Black neighborhood.

Other Walmart stores have been the scenes of deadly shootings. In 2019, a gunman attacked a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing greater than 20 people, just days after two store associates were killed in the corporate’s Southaven, Mississippi, store. On the time, McMillon said Walmart would further restrict gun sales at its stores in response to the shootings.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday called the shooting a “horrific and senseless act of violence” and said the country needed to take stronger motion on guns.

“We’re grateful to the primary responders who mobilized to help victims, and I actually have directed federal officials to offer any support and assistance needed to the people of Chesapeake,” he said in a press release.

For those who are having suicidal thoughts or are in distress, contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 for support and assistance from a trained counselor.

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