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Andre Bing: What we know about the suspected shooter in the Chesapeake Walmart mass shooting

The shooter who allegedly killed six victims in a mass shooting at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Va., before turning the gun on himself, has now been identified as the store’s night manager.

Andre Bing, a 31-year-old Chesapeake man, is charged with opening fire inside the Sam’s Circle store break room around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Six Walmart employees were killed in the attack, the motive for which remains unclear, but surviving employees claimed he had “problems” with other staff.

Walmart confirmed the shooter’s name in a statement to The Independent Wednesday morning. The police made their official confirmation a few hours later.

“The alleged shooter has been identified as Andre Bing. We can confirm that he was a Walmart associate,” the Walmart statement read. “André’s position with the company was as a night shift leader and he has been employed with us since 2010.”

Here’s what we know about the shooter so far:

Who is Andre Bing?

Police officially named Bing as the shooter Wednesday afternoon and said he was armed with a handgun and several magazines.

At a press conference hours earlier, authorities confirmed the shooter was a disgruntled store employee.

Chief Solesky said authorities would not reveal his identity at this time because his next of kin had not been notified.

He said it was unclear at this time whether the shooter “targeted” his victims or fired randomly.

Prior to Tuesday’s attack, he did not appear to have been on police radar.

A search of records online appears to show that he had no criminal record.

Officers are stationed at the home where a search warrant was served in connection with the suspected shooter during the mass shooting at the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Va.

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A search warrant has been executed at the suspect’s home following the shooting. Chief Solesky said it revealed there was “no ongoing risk to the public”.

Police said the attacker used a pistol in the attack, but did not provide any further details about the murder weapon – including the exact make and model and whether or not it was purchased legally and registered in the name of the suspect.

Shooting

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said law enforcement received the first 911 call about the shooting at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday.

Kevin Harper, a man who identified himself as a store employee, claimed he had just left the break room when ‘one of the managers’ came in ‘and just started spraying’.

In a Facebook Live video, he claimed he nearly missed the shooter as he had just left the break room when gunshots rang out.

“I had just come out of the break room, the manager came over, started picking people up in there, started shooting, bro. The manager came in, started dumping, man. As soon as I left the break room, he went there, man…that’s crazy, he says in the video.

Mr Harper claims it was ‘one of the managers’ and that other ‘associates’ died in the attack.

“It’s crazy, though, it was the manager, one of the managers,” he says.

“He blew people’s brains out and stuff… He came in and just started spraying and shit,” he adds.

“Unfortunately we have lost a few of our associates, I don’t know how many.”

Police respond to the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart store in Chesapeake

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The first officers arrived on the scene two minutes later at 10:14 p.m. and entered the store two minutes later at around 10:16 p.m.

Officers found the suspect dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds and declared the scene safe, Chief Solesky said

The reason

A Walmart employee who survived the attack claimed the shooter was having “issues” with some of his other colleagues and “laughing” as he opened fire on his victims.

The witness, who has not been named, told local network 10 On Your Side that the shooting took place as 14 employees sat in a meeting room about to start their shift. The group of workers were waiting to hear their duties for the shift when the suspect began shooting, she said.

The worker, who only had five days of work at the store, said she believed the shooting was planned because the attacker was known to have “problems” with other branch managers.

Co-worker Briana Tyler uses her hands like a gun to show how the Chesapeake Walmart shooter

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He appeared to take aim at other managers in the shootout and was heard laughing at one point during the attack, she claimed.

“It didn’t even look real until you could feel the gunshot,” she said.

“I will never go back to this store again. I can’t, I can’t even leave my front door.

The victims

The first victim killed in the shooting has been identified as Tyneka Johnson, a 21-year-old store worker, after her family made a desperate plea to find her following the horror attack.

In a heartbreaking Facebook post late Wednesday night, Johnson’s family asked for help in finding out what happened to him.

“We need help locating my little cousin. She is employed at Walmart,” wrote a desperate family member.

Tyneka Johnson has been identified as the victim of Tuesday’s shooting

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“Everyone needs to know if she is safe. This article aims to help and locate Tyneka Johnson. No questions. Just help.

Hours later, family members posted a photo of the 21-year-old with heartbreaking emojis.

Later Wednesday, police confirmed his death and released the names of other victims.

Five other Walmart employees were killed in the attack: Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and a 16-year-old boy from Chesapeake, who has not been publicly named because he is underage.

At least six other surviving victims were taken to local hospitals for further care, three of whom remained hospitalized as of Wednesday morning.


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