Walmart Chesapeake Va Shooting: In a Walmart store in the US state of Virginia late on Tuesday, a lone shooter opened fire and murdered a number of individuals, according to authorities, who also confirmed that the shooter was dead. Just before Americans observe the Thanksgiving holiday, there has been an uptick in gun violence in the city of Chesapeake, which comes after a terrible shooting that left five people dead late on Saturday in Colorado at an LGBTQ bar.
Rapid reaction officers and tactical teams entered the business “quickly” after arriving on the scene, Chesapeake Police Department officer Leo Kosinski told reporters. “We were able to identify numerous dead and multiple injured persons,” he added. He stated, without elaborating, “We believe it is a single shooter, and the single shooter is deceased at this time. While the store was still open, the first emergency calls came in just after 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday (0300 GMT Wednesday).
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Kosinski claimed that numerous cops and detectives were thoroughly searching the business and securing the area while news footage showed a significant police presence at the spot. The unknown is the precise number of fatalities. Police thought no more than 10 people were killed, Kosinski told reporters. The biggest retailer in the country, Walmart, said in a statement early on Wednesday that it was “shocked at this sad event.”
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the business clarified that it was “praying for those affected, the neighbourhood, and our coworkers. We have a close relationship with law enforcement and are committed to helping our colleagues.” Louise Lucas, a state senator from Virginia, said she was “extremely devastated that America’s newest mass shooting took place… in my area.” The senator covers the Chesapeake region, which is located 240 kilometres (150 miles) southeast of the US capital Washington.
We’re only a few hours into the response, so we don’t have all the answers yet. Chesapeake Police continue their investigation into the active shooter event at Walmart on Sam’s Circle. We do know there are multiple fatalities plus injuries and the shooter is confirmed dead.
— City of Chesapeake (@AboutChesapeake) November 23, 2022
She declared on Twitter that she would not stop until we found a way to put an end to the scourge of gun violence that has claimed so many lives in our nation. Less than 48 hours before Thanksgiving is celebrated around the country by Americans, a shooting took place at a prominent retailer. Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia tweeted, “Tragically, our town is suffering from yet another episode of senseless gun violence just as families are gathering for Thanksgiving.”
I am absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district in Chesapeake, Virginia tonight. I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country that has taken so many lives.
— L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) November 23, 2022
Three nights prior, in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain west, a shooter opened fire inside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring at least 18 others in what is being investigated as a probable hate crime. The suspect, named by authorities as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, allegedly used a long rifle at the club where revellers were celebrating the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honours trans people who have been violently attacked. According to the website Gun Violence Archive, there have been more than 600 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2022, which is an alarming number for gun violence.