Multiple people dead in Virginia Walmart shooting, including the gunman who is a storekeeper, police say

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23rd November 2022 – (Virginia) At least 10 people are dead and others are wounded after a shooting at a Walmart in Virginia, US, police say. 

Officers responded to a reported shooting at the Walmart on Sam’s Circle on Tuesday shortly after 10pm local time, Chesapeake police spokesman Leo Kosinski said in a briefing.

A man believed to be the store manager opened fire then turned the gun on himself, and is now dead.

The City of Chesapeake tweeted “police confirm an active shooter incident with fatalities at the Walmart”.

There are few details, but a police officer spoke of no more than 10 people killed and multiple injured. No motive has emerged.

Police told reporters that the attack happened at 10.12pm local time (03:12 GMT).

Pictures on social media showed a heavy police presence at the scene.

Spokesperson Leo Kosinski said the shooting was believed to have happened inside the store, and that the suspect acted alone.

It is still unclear if the shooter died of self-inflicted injuries. 

Virginia state senator L. Louise Lucas said she “will not rest until we find solutions to end this gun violence epidemic”. 

In a tweet, Walmart said it was “shocked at this tragic event”, and was “working closely with law enforcement”. 

The Virginia shooting comes three days after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17.
And in 2019, a gunman police say was targeting Mexicans, opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso and killed 22 people. 
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