Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was among the six people shot and murdered in a Virginia Walmart.
Authorities have identified five of the six persons killed in a Virginia Walmart on Tuesday night after the store’s manager opened fire before killing himself.
On Wednesday night, police identified five of the six victims. The sixth victim was a 16-year-old male who was not named by police due to his age.
The victims have been named as Brian Pendleton, 38, of Chesapeake, Randy Blevins, 70, of Chesapeake, Kellie Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake, and Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth.
As of Wednesday night, three persons remained hospitalized at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, according to WAVY’s Kiahnna Patterson. All patients that were admitted to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center have been discharged.
The gunshot was reported at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday when the Walmart Supercenter was still accessible to the public. Night shift workers had just checked in, and it was estimated that roughly 50 individuals were inside the store at the time.
According to police, the first officer arrived at the location at about 10:14 p.m., and cops entered the store around 10:16 p.m. According to authorities, the suspect, 31-year-old Andre Bing of Chesapeake, was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound when officers arrived.
According to Walmart, Bing was a team lead on the overnight shift.
The gunman and two other victims were discovered dead in the store’s break room, another victim was discovered dead near the store’s entrance, and three more victims who were brought to area hospitals died later.
According to investigators, there is no evidence that any of the surviving wounded victims were Walmart customers.
Police Chief Mark Solesky revealed the gunman was a business employee who used a firearm. He was wearing civilian attire and was not wearing body armour or a ballistic vest.
First responders discovered a list near the employees the perpetrator apparently wanted to target, according to investigators. According to officials, all six victims were shot in the head or face. One victim was shot in the head and twice in the chest and was transferred to a nearby hospital.
According to authorities, the Walmart will be closed for many days while detectives gather evidence. According to police, they are still looking for anyone who may have been at the store and witnessed the crime but escaped before the police arrived.
Officials tell 10 On Your Side that they believe this is the largest crime-related response in recollection, if not in Chesapeake history.