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Walmart shooting suspect had tip on phone railing against co-workers


The Walmart supervisor who authorities say fatally shot six colleagues in Chesapeake, Virginia before taking his own life, had a note on his phone railing against people he believed had harassed or cheated on him , and alluded to what was to come.

“God forgive me for what I will do…” concluded Andre Bing the notewhich the City of Chesapeake posted on Twitter on Friday.

It was not clear when the note labeled “Death Note” – was written and portions where Bing seemed to have named specific people were edited. On Tuesday night, police said Bing — a Walmart employee since 2010 who last worked as a team leader — attacked colleagues who work at the store and targeted some in a break room, where police said they found his body .

Police also revealed on Friday that Bing had bought the weapon used in that morning’s attack from a local store they did not identify.

Charles Crowson, Walmart’s director of corporate communications, said in a statement following the release of the note, “There is nothing that can justify killing innocent people. Our focus remains on the grieving families who are supporting our employees during this difficult time.”

Chesapeake-area residents described tears and “heartache” when speaking to The Post about the November 22 fatality in Walmart. (Video: John Warner, Joy Yi/The Washington Post, Photo: Carlos Bernate/The Washington Post)

The killings were the latest in a string of high-profile shootings that came days after a gunman fatally shot five people at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub and less than two weeks after a University of Virginia student was accused of shooting three student athletes at soccer having killed crew. The police are still trying to find out the motives for these attacks.

Walmart shooter described as aggressive, angry but unclear motive

Bing’s tortuous, 11-paragraph note contains references to a “demonic aura”, betrayal, a suspicion his phone was hacked and perceived slights from colleagues. It seems to match descriptions colleagues have given over the past two days. They said Bing has “anger issues,” is “overly aggressive,” and has little social life.

The shooting killed Tyneka Johnson, 22, a fashionista with an exuberant personality; Brian Pendleton, 39, who was due to work a shift after Thanksgiving dinner; Randall Blevins, 70, who avoided retirement to keep working; Kellie Pyle, 52, who recently reconnected with her high school sweetheart; Lorenzo Gamble, 43, whose mother had entrusted him with some holiday dishes; and a 16-year-old who has not been officially identified.

Chesapeake authorities said the phone was found at the scene. Bing was found dead in the break room along with some of his victims. The note provides the clearest clue yet to a possible motive.

Officials described the pistol used by Bing as a legally purchased 9mm pistol. They said a search of Bing’s home turned up a box of ammo, a box for the gun, a receipt and other papers. Authorities said Bing had no criminal record.

Attempts to reach Bing’s relatives were unsuccessful. Two neighbors said they only saw him mowing his lawn and apparently he’s had few visitors since he bought his house about two years ago. Colleagues said Bing sometimes didn’t get along with co-workers he worked a night shift supervising, stocking shelves and doing other chores.

Pendleton’s mother said Bing tried to fire her son earlier this year but was reinstated after he approached senior Walmart officials. The Washington Post could not immediately verify this account, and it was unclear whether Bing would have had the authority to terminate an employee. A former employee said workers occasionally teased Bing.

Some of what Bing describes appears to be merely his perception of what colleagues say or have said to him.

Bing wrote that employees banded together and “laughed and made subtle code speeches that I eventually figured out.” He wrote that one person “cheated on me,” though he didn’t explain how, and that someone was “trying to get rid of me.”

Bing wrote that he saw “distorted grins” from employees “celebrating my downfall.”

“Therefore they suffer the same fate as me,” he wrote.

He said he wanted a wife but “didn’t deserve her.”

Families of victims of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting mourn their losses

But Bing also blamed himself, writing that he had failed God: “It wasn’t your fault, it was your own.”

Chesapeake officials tweeted on Thanksgiving that “our thoughts are with each victim of the Walmart shooting and their family members.” On Friday, Mayor Rick West tweeted an invitation to a 6 p.m. Monday vigil in City Park “so that we can honor the victims and mourn together.”

Just before sundown on Thursday evening, a few people arrived at Walmart with balloons. Instead of visiting the small memorial there, they stood in the parking lot.

Dozens more gathered over the next few minutes, all holding the same square silver balloons. A young man said they were there because of a friend. Apparently it was the 16-year-old who was killed. Eventually they went to a tree and circled a woman holding a baby. She began call-and-response prayers in Spanish that lasted 45 minutes while the teen’s family and friends shouted.

The family declined an interview.

Morrison reported from Chesapeake, Virginia.

This is an evolving story and will be updated.

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