A screenshot from a civilian-shot video depicts police at the site of a gunshot at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on November 22, 2022. Jerome Basham through Storyful
Police said a Tuesday night shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, resulted in the deaths of seven individuals, including the suspect. Chesapeake police spokesman Leo Kosinski informed reporters at the site that officers were sent to the Walmart Supercenter at 10:12 p.m. local time due to an active threat.
“Within the following thirty to forty-five minutes, we were able to locate many dead and multiple injured persons,” Kosinski stated.
Police verified early Wednesday morning that the business had been thoroughly searched and that all casualties had been located. According to a tweet from the city of Chesapeake’s Twitter account, which had earlier relayed official information from the police department, seven people, including the suspect, were killed in the shooting.
Unconfirmed was the actual number of individuals injured, however sufferers were evacuated to numerous surrounding hospitals, one of which confirmed late Tuesday evening that it was treating five people for injuries of unknown nature.
Kosinski stated that the gunman was thought to have acted alone and that the facts surrounding the individual’s death were not immediately available.
According to Kosinksi, the shooting was thought to have occurred inside the store, while at least one corpse was discovered outside. Walmart’s website indicates that the shop was accessible to consumers at the time of the incident.
Chesapeake is located in the Hampton Roads region on the coast of southern Virginia, which also includes Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
The Chesapeake Conference Center will house a family reunion location (700 Conference Center Drive). This webpage is restricted to persons in the building’s immediate family or emergency contacts.
23 November 2022 — City of Chesapeake (@AboutChesapeake)
Kosinksi stated that a “reunification location” had been established inside the Chesapeake Conference Center for “immediate family members or emergency contacts of anyone who may have been in the building,” according to the city’s Twitter feed.
This is the second big mass shooting in the United States in less than a week. In the early hours of Sunday, a gunman opened fire in an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing five and wounding 17 others.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia tweeted early Wednesday morning, “Sickened by news of another another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.”
Another mass shooting has been reported, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake. I will attentively observe developments.
In the meanwhile, I ask all community members to heed the advice of local law police and to remain away from the situation.
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) November 23, 2022
Walmart issued a statement expressing its “horror at this horrific tragedy” and its “prayers for those affected, the community, and our workers.”
The retail giant stated that it was “working closely with law enforcement and is committed to supporting its employees.”
Senator Louise Lucas, a Democrat who represents the Chesapeake area that includes Chesapeake, tweeted that she was “heartbroken that the most recent mass shooting in the United States occurred in a Walmart in my district.”
“I will not rest until we find ways to address the gun violence pandemic that has claimed so many lives in our country,” she added.
The most recent mass shooting in the United States occurred tonight in a Walmart near my district in Chesapeake, Virginia. I will not rest until we find answers to address the gun violence epidemic that has claimed so many lives in our nation.
— L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) November 23, 2022
Tragically, our town is seeing yet another act of senseless gun violence just as families are gathering for Thanksgiving, said Virginia representative Bobby Scott.
Tragically, our neighborhood is seeing yet another act of senseless gun violence as families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. https://t.co/4zQ4YFuPbb
November 23, 2022 — Rep. Bobby Scott (@BobbyScott)
The Gun Violence Archive reports that there have been over 600 mass shootings in the United States this year, with at least 36 ending in fatalities.
Prior to the event at the Walmart in Chesapeake, Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston who has maintained statistics on shootings in the United States for decades, reported the same amount, stating that it made 2022 a record year for such assaults.
In the aftermath of the Colorado massacre, Fox stated in an article published by Northeastern on Monday, “I’ve been investigating mass homicides for over four decades, and I am convinced that we’ve never had so many in a single year.”
Fox stated that there had been thirteen fatal mass shootings since the beginning of October, which he called “an extraordinary rise.”
Fox stated that there are around two mass shootings every week on average.