Seven were killed in a shooting at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday night, including the gunman who police say killed himself.
The city of Chesapeake released the names of the six victims on Wednesday. They include Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kelly Pyle, Randall Blevins, Tenika Johnson and a 16-year-old Chesapeake man.
The city said the 16-year-old’s identity was withheld because he is a minor.
Walmart said in a statement that the shooter was a Walmart associate who worked as the store’s night shift chief.
The company said in a statement that the six victims were also Walmart employees.
“I know this community, and I know it very well,” Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said in a statement posted on Twitter. “And I know we will come together and help the families of the victims. We will share this burden together and we will be stronger for it.”
Randall “Randy” Blevins, 70, of Chesapeake
Blevins was a longtime member of Chesapeake Walmart’s benchmark team, which set prices on items, Shaundrayia Reese, a former employee who worked at the store from 2015 to 2018, told The New York Times.
Reese said he was known as Mr. Randy.
Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake
The Washington Post reported that Gamble was a father of two and a Walmart employee.
In an interview with The Post, his mother, Linda Gamble, said he loves watching his 19-year-old son play soccer. She said his 10-year-old son would cry whenever his father left.
Gamble’s mother told the newspaper, “He kept to himself and did his job.” “It was quiet in the family.”
Brian Pendleton, 38, of Chesapeake
Josh Johnson, a former co-worker, described Pendleton to The Times as an older brother.
He said, “If you have any problems, you can go to Brian.” “He would go to bat for you and help you with anything.”
Reese, who also knew Pendleton, told the publication that he “never raised his voice” and “never had a bad bone in his body.”
She said, “No one can say a bad thing about this man. He was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. He didn’t deserve to die like that,” she said.