Walmart shooting – latest: Teenager among six ‘targeted’ by suspect Andre Bing in Chesapeake rampage – The Independent

Police spokesperson gives update on Walmart shooting

A 16-year-old has been identified as one of the victims of the Chesapeake Walmart store mass shooting.

Fernando Chavez Jr along with five others was fatally shot and at least four others suffered injuries when gunman Andre Bing opened fire at the department store on Tuesday.

A chilling “manifesto” has been found on the cellphone of the gunman, where he laid out his motive for the mass shooting in Virginia ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Witnesses have described how the horrifying events unfolded in the employee break room, as investigators try to piece together a motive.

A law enforcement source told local media that Bing was “upset” about a recent change in employment status and complained that he was being “harassed” by fellow employees.

A former coworker also said he was paranoid about the government watching him and did not like being recorded. One witness claims she saw him target certain people during the attack.

President Joe Biden yesterday said the shooting, as well as the massacre at an LGBT+ club in Colorado Springs over the weekend, underscored the need to outlaw “sick” assault weapons with no social value.

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Walmart gunman Andre Bing’s chilling ‘manifesto’ revealed: ‘They said I was like Jeffrey Dahmer’

In the document released by Chesapeake officials on Friday morning, Bing complained about being “harassed by idiots” who compared him to the cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

“They laughed at me and said I was like Jeffrey Dahmer,” he said.

Bing also claimed that his “intent was never murder” but appeared to suggest that the turning point was when his phone was allegedly hacked.

“My dignity taken away beyond repair by my phone getting hacked,” he wrote.

Alex Woodward25 November 2022 14:30

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Officials release note found on gunman’s phone

A “death note” allegedly found on a phone belonging to Andre Bing apologises to God, saying “I’ve failed you” and “this was not your fault but my own.”

“I failed to listen to the groans of the holy spirit which made me a poor representation of You,” the note reads.

“I was harassed by idiots with low intelligence and a lack of wisdom I remained strong through most of the torment but my dignity was completely taken away beyond repair by my phone getting hacked,” it continues.

The note continues, accusing coworkers of laughing at him and comparing him to Jeffrey Dahmer.

“My true intent was never to murder anyone believe it or not, I was actually one of the most loving people in the world if you would get to know me,” it continues. “I just wanted a wife that was equally yoked as I and obsessed over the thought, however, I didn’t deserve a wife. I hope that people will learn from everyones mistakes and truly love God and not the material possessions of the world.”

The note says that his “only wish would have been to start over from scratch and that my parents would have paid closer attention to my social deficits.”

“Sorry everyone but I did not plan this!” it continues.

It mentions that “things just fell in place like I was led by the Satan.”

Alex Woodward25 November 2022 14:15

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Walmart employee stayed with shot coworkers so they wouldn’t die alone

A Walmart employee who survived the horror mass shooting inside a store in Chesapeake has revealed that she stayed with her wounded coworkers in the break room so that they wouldn’t die alone.

Jessie Wilczewski told CNN that she was in the break room of the store when the overnight team lead Andre Bing entered and opened fire on his colleagues.

At first, she said it “didn’t register as real” and then her survival mode kicked in and she leaped under a table.

When the gunman left the room, she said she could see some of her coworkers had been shot and were lying wounded or dead around the room.

Ms Wilczewski revealed that she stayed with the victims because she didn’t want them to be alone when they died.

“I could have ran out that door … and I stayed. I stayed so they wouldn’t be alone in their last moments,” she said.

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 14:00

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Vigil held for 16-year-old victim

Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil ton Thursday night to pay tribute to the 16-year-old boy who was killed in the mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Fernando Chavez Jr, known to family and friends as Fernando Jesus Chavez, died on Tuesday when gunman and Walmart night team lead Andre Bing opened fire on his coworkers.

The teenager also worked at the store.

A crowd gathered at the store on Thursday to pay tribute to the “humble and intelligent” 16-year-old.

“Fernando was such a nice kid, he would say hi to anybody,” said Joshua Trejo, 17, a friend since middle school.

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 13:40

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Walmart shooting suspect Andre Bing was ‘paranoid government was watching him’

The suspect of the Walmart shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia, who opened fire in the store leaving six co-workers dead, displayed paranoid behaviour about the government watching him, a co-worker said.

Andre Bing, 31, the overnight team lead, allegedly opened fire on his colleagues inside a break room before turning the gun on himself. The incident unfolded just after 10pm on Tuesday at the superstore on Sam’s Circle.

Shaundrayia Reese, 27, a longtime colleague of Bing who worked with him from 2015 to 2018, said he used to keep his phone camera taped and “didn’t do social media”.

She recalled that once she was filming a video of her co-workers and Bing “kind of jumped out of the way” to avoid being on camera.

The Independent’s Shweta Sharma has the full story:

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 13:20

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Biden rails against ‘sick’ semi-automatic weapons and unenforced red flag laws on Thanksgiving in Nantucket

President Joe Biden denounced the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons and the fact that some areas of the country did not enforce so-called “red flag laws” meant to prevent people who posed a danger to themselves and others.

Mr Biden made the remarks on Thanksgiving in Nantucket after delivering pumpkin pies to firefighters. The president’s remarks came after a mass shooting in Colorado Springs killed five people at Club Q, a gay bar, and a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, left six dead.

“The idea we still allow semi- automatic weapons to be purchased is sick,” he told reporters. “Just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”

The president also criticised the fact that some areas of the country do not enforce red flag laws. In Colorado Springs, police arrested Anderson Lee Aldrich, who is accused of killing five people at Club Q, a year before the shooting.

Eric Garcia has more.

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 13:00

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Why the hell can’t America end this deadly gun violence?

How are you supposed to feel when someone walks into an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs and opens fire, killing five and injuring 20 others?

Horror, for sure, and admiration for the persons who confronted the alleged shooter before he destroyed even more lives.

The same goes for when you wake to news that six people are dead in a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, after an employee opened fire late at night, grievously injuring half-a-dozen others, before turning the weapon on himself.

But alongside amid the sympathy for the victims, are two other emotions that bubble up and will not go away. And they are anger and outrage, writes Andrew Buncombe.

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 12:40

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The Walmart shooter left behind a ‘manifesto’ on their phone

A law enforcement source told 10 On Your Side that, in the document, Bing, 31, described being “upset” about a recent change in employment status and complained that he was being “harassed” by fellow employees.

Officials have not confirmed the existence of the manifesto and are yet to reveal the motive for Tuesday night’s massacre.

However, several of Bing’s colleagues at the store in Chesapeake, Virginia, have spoken out to reveal that he had a lot of “issues” with other staff members and had displayed threatening behaviour in the run-up to the shooting.

Rachel Sharp has the story.

Josh Marcus25 November 2022 12:20

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Walmart gunman had ‘kill list’ of colleagues at Chesapeake store

Walmart gunman Andre Bing reportedly had a “kill list” of his colleagues at the store in Chesapeake, Virginia, before Tuesday’s horror attack.

A printed list of names of employees, their shift hours, their departments and their work duties was discovered in the trash outside his home on Thursday, according to Dailymail.com.

The list included some of the victims killed or wounded in the attack circled with pen, including 22-year-old Tyneka Johnson who died on Tuesday night.

The other four adult victims killed – Brian Pendleton, Randall Blevins, Lorenzo Gamble, and Kellie Pyle – were not on the list.

The list was reportedly turned over to authorities who have not commented on the finding.

As yet, it is unclear if the document revealed his intended targets or was simply a work roster.

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 12:00

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Governor to propose mental health legislation

Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin said in the wake of the mass shootings that his administration is planning to propose legislation to the General Assembly to bolster mental health resources.

Mr Youngkin said the bill would provide more resources, address staffing challenges and recognise people undergoing a mental health crisis, according to KPVI.

“It’s extremely important,” the governor said.

“We know that we have been in a mental health crisis and there are some very immediate actions that we need to take.”

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 11:40

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