RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Seven people, including the suspect, are now dead after a mass shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart Tuesday night. The tragic event marks the third Virginia mass shooting within two weeks.
Police arrived at the store just after 10 p.m. to find three victims, including the shooter, dead in the store’s break room. One victim was found dead towards the front of the store, and at least nine additional people were taken to local hospitals for treatment, three of whom died from their injuries. Two victims remained hospitalized in critical condition as of noon Wednesday.
The shooting suspect was identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, of Chesapeake, a Walmart employee who police say died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Chesapeake Police said the suspect wielded a pistol during the deadly mass shooting, and had multiple magazines on his person.
Police expect the Walmart to be “closed for some time” as the crime scene is processed with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
On Sunday, Nov. 13, five University of Virginia students were shot on school Grounds, three of whom were killed, while on a charter bus headed back to campus from a school field trip. The three killed, Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry, were University football players. The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was taken into custody in Henrico County after a 12-hour manhunt.
Early morning on Friday, Nov. 18, a mother and her three children were found shot to death inside their Chesterfield home. The victims were 39-year-old JoAnna M. Cottle, 13-year-old Kaelyn M. Parson, 4-year-old Kinsey M. Cottle and 4-year-old Jayson L. Cottle. Police identified the suspect as 35-year-old Jonah L. Adams. Adams was previously in a relationship with JoAnna Cottle and is the father of Kinsey and Jayson Cottle, according to police.
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