Virginia Walmart mass shooting: 16-year-old among victims
Written by Luck Wilson on November 24, 2022
(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) — Six people were gunned down in a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Survivors said the gunman walked into a break room and opened fire on Tuesday night.
The suspect was identified by city officials as 31-year-old Andre Bing of Chesapeake. Walmart said he worked at the store as an overnight team lead and had been an employee since 2010. He died at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Governor orders flags to fly at half-staff through Sunday
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state and federal buildings and grounds across the commonwealth “in respect and memory of the victims of the Chesapeake shooting, their families, and the entire Chesapeake community.”
“I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered immediately on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 and remain at half-staff until Sunday, November 27, 2022 at sunset,” Youngkin said in a statement.
On Wednesday, the City of Chesapeake released the names of the victims on Twitter.
Here’s what we know about the victims:
Brian Pendleton, 38
Pendleton’s mother, Michelle Johnson, told ABC News that her son “had a real big heart” and loved working at Walmart.
Pendleton had a condition called congenital hydrocephalus, but it never stopped him from leading a full life, she said.
“He liked to joke, and he liked to make people laugh, but he was a very good worker,” Johnson said.
“I’m going to miss my son,” she said.
Chesapeake hasn’t released the name and photo of the sixth victim, a 16-year-old boy, because he’s a minor.
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