A shooting broke out Tuesday evening a Walmart supermarket of the US state of Virginia, killing seven people, including the shooter, authorities said, with the country still reeling from a recent shooting massacre at an LGBT club.
The Chesapeake City Police responded to calls to 911 shots in a Walmart supermarket around 10 p.m., and when he arrived at the scene he found signs of a shooting, police officer Leo Kosinski said.
Kosinski had said the agents found several victims and wounded at the scene, and the City said Wednesday morning the shooting left seven dead, including the shooter.
“Chesapeake Police confirm seven dead, including the shooter, from last night’s shooting at the Walmart in the Sam’s Circle area,” the city government tweeted, without specifying the number of injuries.
Kosinski said police believed there had been single shooter and that he was dead.
The officer did not say how the attacker died, but added that he believed it no officers had come to open fire.
CNN, citing unnamed security sources, said the shooter was an employee or former employee from the supermarket who opened fire on his colleagues.
The news channel added that man would have committed suicide with his gun.
Neither information was officially confirmed and a press conference by the authorities was expected.
News footage showed a large police presence at the scene.
walmart, America’s largest retail supermarkethe said in a statement that he was “shocked by this tragic event”.
“We pray for those affected, the community and our collaborators. We are working closely with the security forces and are focused on supporting our collaborators”, adds the US supermarket giant.
Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas said she was “absolutely heartbroken of a new mass shooting in America that occurred at a Walmart in my district in Chesapeake, Virginia tonight.”
Epidemic of gun violence
“I will not stop until we find solutions to finish this epidemic of gun violence in our country that has taken so many lives,” he posted on Twitter.
Chesapeake is located in the eastern part of the United States, 240 kilometers southeast of the US capital, Washington.
The massacre took place less than 48 hours after the celebration of the Americans Thanksgivingone of the main holidays of the country.
“Tragically, our community is experiencing another episode of senseless gun violence just as families are gathering for Thanksgiving,” US Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia tweeted.
The attack on an LGBT club
On Saturday, a gunman opened fire inside an LGBT nightclub in Colorado Springs in the western state of Colorado, killing five people and wounding at least 18.
The author, a 22-year-old manHis name is Anderson Lee Aldrich, he was controlled by two customers. He could be prosecuted for murder and a possible hate crime.
This type of crime is understood in the United States as an act directed against a person based on their identity, such as race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
Considered a federal felony with aggravated circumstances, it carries harsher sentences.
Gun violence occurs at an alarming rate in the United States, where more than 600 shootings have occurred so far in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
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