CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Several people were killed and others injured after a shooting at a Walmart in Virginia on Tuesday night, police said.
Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Walmart at Sam’s Circle around 10:15 p.m. and as soon as they arrived they found evidence of a shooting, Chesapeake Police Spokesman Leo Kosinski said in a briefing.
Over 35 to 40 minutes, officers found several dead and injured inside the store and assembled rescue and tactical teams to go inside and take life-saving measures, he said.
Police believe there was one shooter who is dead, he said. They believe the shooting had stopped by the time police arrived, Kosinski said. He didn’t have a death toll, but said it was “less than 10 at the moment.”
The Virginia shooting came three days after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17. This shooter was arrested after guests at the club attacked and hit him. The shootings come as the country was rocked by the deaths of 21 in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of another shooting at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman who police said was aiming at Mexicans opened fire at an El Paso store, killing 22 people. Walmart didn’t have a security guard on duty that day.
The Chesapeake Police Department tweeted that a family reunification facility was being set up at the Chesapeake Conference Center. This page is only for immediate family members or the emergency contact of anyone who may have been in the building, the tweet said.
Chesapeake is about seven miles south of Norfolk.
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