Washington, DC: A Walmart employee killed six people & wounded several others before fatally shooting himself at a store in Cheaspeake, Virginia, authorities said on Wednesday, the country’s second high- profile shooting in four days.
The shooter, who has not been identified, used a pistol in the shooting late on Tuesday,wounding at least four people in addition to the fatalities,Chesapeake police chief Mark Solesky said at a news conference.
Coming on the heels of the killing of five people at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub on Saturday, the latest massacre prompted another condemnation by public officials & calls by activists for tighter gun control.
US President Joe Biden on Wednesday called the shooting “yet another horrific & senseless act of violence,” vowing any federal resources needed to aid in the investigation.
“ There are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving,” he said in a statement, noting a shooting earlier this month that left three University of Virginia students dead. We must take greater action.”
In addition to seven confirmed dead, including the shooter, four people were being treated at area hospitals, Solesky said. Employees told media that the shooter was a manager at the cavernous Walmart Supercenter just off Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake , a city of about 250,000 people south of Norfolk.
“ I looked up & my manager opened the door & he just opened fire ,” Briana Tyler said, according to ABC News.