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Virginia Walmart shooter suspected bought handgun hours before killing 6 employees – Here’s what we know about the shooter

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The Walmart executive accused of killing six employees in a break room in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday night bought the handgun he was using just hours before he opened fire and targeted certain workers, according to the source Police reports and a note he left on his phone are revealing new details about the alleged attacker.

Important facts

The man, who is suspected of killing six people before fatally shooting himself, legally bought a 9mm handgun from a local shop on Tuesday morning – the same day he carried out the attack, local officials said in a expression Friday morning.

police has identified The alleged shooter is 31-year-old Andre Bing, a man with no criminal record who was a “disgruntled employee” at the store, according to Chesapeake Mayor Rick West.

After examining the suspect’s home, officers also found a box of ammunition, as well as the box and receipt that the pistol was delivered with.

in one a notice He left on his phone – which police released Friday morning – telling Bing he plans to spare an unnamed employee, before writing: “My God forgive me for what I’m going to do.”

Bing also wrote his “true intention was never to murder anyone, believe it or not,” before saying, “Sorry I didn’t plan this, I promise things just worked out when.” I would have been led by Satan.”

Crucial quote

“The devastating news of the shooting at our store in Chesapeake, VA by one of our employees last night hit our Walmart family hard,” Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon said in a LinkedIn post. John Furner, the company’s CEO, said, “This case is particularly painful as we learned the shooter was a Walmart employee.”

key background

Bing carried out the attack just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night before shooting himself, police say. At a press conference after the shooting, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky confirmed that the shooter was a store employee, while two store employees identified him as a manager. The attack was condemned by local and Condition Officeras well as President Joe Biden, who said Wednesday, “There are more tables now across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving.” It is the latest mass shooting in the United States this year and the second high-profile one in less than a week after the attack on an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday that killed five and injured more than two dozen.

Further reading

Alleged attacker in Chesapeake Walmart shooting worked at store, police say (Forbes)

Employees say Walmart shooters have exhibited strange and menacing behavior in the past (CNN)

Walmart Gunman bought a pistol to kill co-workers and left a “death note” (New York Times)

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