Walmart gunman railed at co-workers in ‘loss of life notice’ earlier than Virginia retailer taking pictures By Reuters
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Police stroll by means of the car parking zone after a mass taking pictures at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, U.S. November 23, 2022. REUTERS/Jay Paul/File Picture
(Reuters) – A Walmart (NYSE:) supervisor who killed six co-workers earlier than turning the gun on himself this week left a rambling notice on his cellphone by which he railed in opposition to different workers on the Chesapeake, Virginia, retailer who he felt had mocked and betrayed him.
The notice was launched by the town of Chesapeake on Friday in an replace on its investigation into why the suspect, recognized as 31-year-old Andre Bing, started firing on employees gathered in a break room earlier than their in a single day shift late on Tuesday.
Bing, who was group chief for the shift, was armed with a handgun when he shot some however not all the workers assembled within the break room, witnesses and police stated, elevating the prospect that he could have focused people.
In a search of his residence, investigators discovered ammunition and varied objects associated to the 9mm handgun, together with a receipt, in accordance with the replace from Chesapeake, a metropolis of 251,000 folks about 200 miles (320 km) south of Washington.
“The gun was legally bought from an area retailer on the morning of Tuesday Nov. 22. He had no legal historical past,” the town stated in a press release on Friday.
In his notice, Bing made reference to an unspecified work failure on his half and perceived slights from co-workers, who he felt had been mocking him. He stated he believed his telephone had been hacked and “was giving the worst feeling possible.”
“The associates gave me evil twisted grins, mocked me and celebrated my down fall the final day,” he wrote. “That is why they undergo the identical destiny as me.”
Bing additionally wrote within the doc titled “loss of life notice” that he deliberate to spare an individual, whose title was redacted, as a result of she had a particular place in his coronary heart, citing his personal mom’s loss of life from most cancers.
Requested to touch upon Bing’s notice, Walmart stated in a press release: “There’s nothing that may justify taking harmless lives. Our focus continues to be on the households who’re grieving and supporting our associates by means of this tough time.”
Along with the seven lifeless, together with Bing, two persons are being handled in space hospitals. One is in vital situation and one’s situation is bettering, the town stated.
The Chesapeake taking pictures got here on the heels of final weekend’s bloodbath in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the place a gunman killed 5 at an LGBTQ nightclub.
The USA averages two mass shootings per day, when outlined as an incident killing or injuring 4 or extra folks, in accordance with GunViolenceArchive.org.