The manager of a supermarket Walmart shot six people to death at a shop-packed Thanksgiving shopper in the United States, then killed himself, authorities said.
Four other people remained hospitalized in unknown condition after the attack that occurred Tuesday night in the city of Chesapeake, in the state of Virginia (east), said the police chief Mark Solesky.
City authorities identified the attacker as André Bing 31 year old, Chesapeake resident. They said that he was armed with a pistol and several magazines. Walmart, the largest US retailer, confirmed that Bing was a night shift manager, employed by the company since 2010.
briana tyler A Walmart worker who survived the attack described scenes of terror as the attacker entered a staff break room and opened fire. “I wasn’t targeting anyone specifically,” Tyler told ABC. “He literally started shooting all over the break room and I saw multiple people fall to the floor.”
The employee said the gunman looked directly at her and fired, but missed by just inches. “She didn’t say a word, she didn’t say anything at all,” she noted.
tyler he told ABC that the manager in question had a reputation for having a difficult character. “There was always something going on with him” or “he had a problem with someone,” he said. Despite this, he noted that he “would never have thought that he would do something like that.”
President Joe Biden He condemned what happened and called for stricter gun control laws. “Due to yet another horrific and senseless act of violence, there will now be even more tables across the country with empty seats this Thanksgiving,” he said in a statement.
Gun attacks on supermarkets in the United States have become increasingly common in recent years.
The massacre occurred two days before Thanksgiving, the quintessential American family holiday that falls on Thursday, and after a weekend shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado that left five people dead.
It was also the second mass shooting in the state of Virginia this month: Three University of Virginia students playing on their football team were killed on November 13 by a classmate.
In May, a teenager killed 10 people, mostly black, in a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Last year, a shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, also left 10 people dead. In 2019, a young man killed 23 people and injured 26 others at a Walmart location in El Paso, Texas.
According to NGO Guns Down America from the From January 1, 2020 to May 14 of this year, there were 448 “incidents with weapons” Y 137 deaths at 12 large national retail stores.