Police have yet to release official casualty figures; shooter is among the dead, according to security agents
Virginia police have yet to release official death tolls and injuries.
One shooting inside of one Walmart supermarket in Virginia, in United Stateson the night of last Tuesday, the 22nd, left at least 10 dead and several people injured🇧🇷 Police have not yet released the exact number of victims. According to authorities, the gunman was among the dead. The case happened in the city of Chesapeake around 22:00. Security agents reportedly responded to a call at 10:15 pm and noticed evidence of a shootout as soon as they arrived at the scene. Over the course of 35 to 40 minutes, officers found several dead and injured in the store and assembled rescue and tactical teams to enter and tend to the victims. Police believe there was only a single gunman and that he stopped shooting when officers arrived on the scene. One of the officers commented that he did not believe that the police also fired after arriving at the crime scene, but that he was also unsure whether the shooter had shot himself.
“We are shocked by this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store,” Walmart tweeted Wednesday. “We are praying for those affected, the community and our associates. We are working closely with law enforcement and are focused on supporting our associates,” the tweet said. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Sentara Healthcare, said in a text message that five Walmart patients are being treated at Norfolk General Hospital. Its conditions were not immediately available.
The Virginia shooting comes three days after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and injuring 17. The shooter, who is a non-binary transgender person, was arrested after patrons at the club approached and beaten. Both shootings come in a year when the country has been rocked by the deaths of 21 people in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of another Walmart shooting in 2019, when a gunman, who police said was targeting Mexicans, opened fire at an El Paso store and killed 22 people. Walmart had no security on duty that day.
US Senator Mark Warner tweeted that he is “disgusted by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.” State Senator Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiment, tweeting that she was “absolutely heartbroken that America’s last mass shooting took place at a Walmart in my district.”
*With information from AP News