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A Walmart manager opened fire on coworkers gathered in the break room of a Virginia store, a witness said Wednesday. Six people have been killed in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in as few days.

The gunman, who apparently killed himself, was dead when police found him, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky said. There was no clear motive for the shooting, which also left four people in the hospital.

The store was busy just before the attack Tuesday night with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a shopper told a local television station.

Employee Briana Tyler said the workers had gathered in the store’s break room as they usually did before their shifts.

“I looked up and my manager opened the door and opened fire,” he told ABC. Good morning americaadding that “several people” fell to the ground.

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all,” she said.

Solesky confirmed that the shooter, who used a handgun, was a Walmart employee, but did not give his name because his family has not been notified. He could not confirm if the victims were all employees.

“I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place last night in our city,” Mayor Rick W. West said in a statement posted on the city’s Twitter account Wednesday. “Chesapeake is a very close community and we are all shocked by this news.”

A database managed by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University, which tracks all mass murders in America since 2006, shows that this year has been especially bad. The United States has had 40 mass murders so far this year, second only to the 45 that occurred in all of 2019. The database defines a mass murder as at least four people killed, not including the killer.

The Walmart attack came three days after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and injuring 17. Earlier this year, the country was rocked by the deaths of 21 when a man armed man broke into an elementary school in Uvalde. , texas

Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of another at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman who police say was targeting Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people.

A 911 call about the shooting in Chesapeake, which is Virginia’s second-largest city and borders the coastal communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, came in shortly after 10 p.m. The store was open at the time, but Solesky he didn’t know how many shoppers were inside or if the gunman was on duty.

When asked if a security guard was present, the police chief said he didn’t know.

Joetta Jeffery told CNN that she received text messages from her mother who was inside the store when the shots were fired. Her mother, Betsy Umphlett, was not injured.

“I’m crying, I’m shaking,” Jeffery said. “I had just talked to her about buying turkeys for Thanksgiving, then this text came through.”

A man was seen crying at a hospital after learning his brother had died, and others screamed as they left a conference center set up as a family reunification center. the virginia pilot informed.

Camille Buggs, a former Walmart employee, told the newspaper that she went to the conference center looking for information about her former co-workers.

“You always say you don’t think it would happen in your town, in your neighborhood, in your store, in your favorite store, and that’s what amazes me,” said Buggs, 58, of Chesapeake.

Walmart tweeted early Wednesday that it was “shocked by this tragic event.”

US Senator Mark Warner said in a tweet that he was “disgusted by reports of another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.”

State Sen. Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiment, tweeting that she was “absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place at a Walmart in my district.”



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