An employee, supposed manager, opened fire at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Sam’s Circle, on Tuesday evening, killing six people and wounding at least five others. A pistol was used in the shooting. Officers arrived in a matter of two minutes and entered the store. Photos and videos of the scene show about 40 emergency vehicles in the parking lot. The assailant was also found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His identity was not released. “He literally just started shooting throughout the entire break room,” a whitness employee said. The motive behind the massacre remains a mystery. Mayor Rick W. West, in a statement posted on Twitter, lauded the efforts of first responders. “Chesapeake is a tightknit community and we are all shaken by this news,” he added.
In Chesapeake, police tweeted that a family reunification site had been set up at the Chesapeake Conference Center. It was the second mass shooting in the state of Virginia this month. Walmart, the largest retailer in the United States, issued a statement early Wednesday saying: “We are shocked at this tragic event.” Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia tweeted: “Tragically, our community is suffering from yet another incident of senseless gun violence just as families are gathering for Thanksgiving.” President Joe Biden on Wednesday called the shooting a “horrific and senseless act of violence,” and said the country needed to take stronger action on guns.