According to a witness on Wednesday, a Walmart manager opened fire on coworkers gathered in the break room of a Virginia shop. The second high-profile mass murder in the nation in a short period claimed the lives of six persons.
According to Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky, the shooter also killed himself.
The shooting also left four individuals hospitalized and lacked a clear motive.
A customer informed a local TV station that the supermarket was packed immediately before the shooting on Tuesday night as people stocked up in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday.
As part of their routine before shifts, staff had assembled in the break area of the store, according to employee Briana Tyler, who spoke to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
She added that “many individuals” had fallen to the ground when she looked up: “I looked up, and my manager just opened the door, and he just opened fire.”
She remarked, “He didn’t utter a word; he didn’t say anything at all.”
The home of the shooter was investigated. Although Solesky acknowledged working for Walmart, he withheld his last name because his family had not yet been informed.
“I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place late last night in our city,” Mayor Rick W. West said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Chesapeake is a tight-knit community, and we are all shaken by this news,” West added.