Police said the shooter who killed 6 people and himself at a Virginia Walmart was a store employee.

Police said the gunman who killed six people at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, worked in a store.

Officers believe the gunman killed himself at the scene, Chesapeake Chief of Police Col. Mark G. Solesky said at a press conference the morning after the shooting.

Soleski said the gunman used a handgun and appeared to kill himself at the scene. He did not reveal his identity, saying his next of kin had not been informed.

Soleski said the suspect’s home was searched. He said the police did not believe there were any other dangers to the public.

Soleski said: “There are four victims in hospitals in the region and their conditions are unknown at the present time.”

Earlier, a spokesperson for the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital healthcare system told NBC News that five victims were being treated. They did not disclose further details of their circumstances.

Outlining the timeline of events, Soleski said the police received a call at 10.12pm. local time on Tuesday regarding a shooting at a Walmart Center.

Soleski said the first officers were on the scene two minutes later, entering the store at 10.16pm. The scene of the accident was declared safe at 11.20pm.

Police said the shooter who killed 6 people and himself at a Virginia Walmart was a store employee.
A Virginia State Trooper re-ties crime scene tape as law enforcement work the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. 
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A police spokesperson at the scene Tuesday night told the media that the shooting took place inside the store, but that at least one person was found dead outside.

A man named Kevin, broadcasting live from what appeared to be a parking lot, described the shooting. In the video, the speaker wears a Walmart uniform and claims the shooter was “one of the managers.”

Soleski did not confirm this when asked at Wednesday’s news conference.

“My brother blew his brains out and everything,” said the man, who appeared to describe the gunman killing himself.

In another video chat, he and others mentioned people who said they had been killed. Authorities did not release any names or details until early Wednesday.

A Walmart spokesperson said the company was “shocked by this tragic event at our store in Chesapeake, Virginia.”

“We are praying for those affected, the community and our partners,” the spokesperson said.

President Joe Biden said in a statement Wednesday morning that he and first lady Jill Biden “grieve for those families and the community of Chesapeake and the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

“Because of yet another horrific and senseless act of violence, there are now more tables across the country that will have empty seats on Thanksgiving,” Biden wrote in the statement. “We also grieve for all of those across America who lost loved ones in these tragic shootings that we must come together as a nation to stand against.”

He continued, “This year, I signed off on the most important gun reform in a generation, but it’s not nearly enough. We must take greater action.”

Chesapeake City officials asked people not to approach Walmart during the investigation.

The FBI’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said on Twitter that its division in Washington is working with the Chesapeake Police Department on the investigation. FBI agents were photographed at the scene.


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