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Virginia Walmart mass shooting: City to discuss emergency declaration

ABC News 11/28/2022

A man armed with a handgun shot and killed six people and injured several others in a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday night, according to police.

Survivors said the gunman walked into a break room and opened fire.

The suspect, a current employee, died at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.


Latest Developments

Nov 26, 6:36 PM

Crime scene investigation complete

The FBI and Chesapeake Police Department's forensic unit have completed their crime scene investigation at the Walmart store, the city said Saturday.

"The store will now be handed back to Walmart who will determine what comes next for this location," the city said in an update on Twitter.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, the city said.

Walmart said in a statement that it plans to "work very closely with our associates and rely on their input to determine the best time to reopen the store."

Nov 25, 5:39 PM

Emergency declaration following shooting

The Chesapeake City Council will meet on Monday at 5 p.m. for a special meeting where leaders are expected to confirm the emergency declaration to "free up funding to support recovery following the Walmart shooting," the city tweeted on Friday.

The declaration states: "as a result of this tragedy, impacted citizens face the need for continued emergency resources and necessitating the proclamation of a local emergency to alleviate this condition."

The state of emergency, if agreed upon, will continue through Dec. 5, 2022.

After the council meeting, city officials will gather with the mayor for a public citywide candlelight vigil with Chesapeake Mayor Rick West.

-ABC News' Beatrice Peterson

Nov 25, 12:18 PM

Identity of 16-year-old killed in shooting revealed

The 16-year-old victim killed in the Walmart shooting is Fernando Chavez-Barron, according to the City of Chesapeake. His identity had been previously withheld due to his age.

"We are saddened to announce the names of those we lost on Tuesday evening at the shooting at Walmart on Sam’s Circle but hope that with this information we can honor their lives in our community," city officials said in a statement Friday.

"The City of Chesapeake has always been known as the 'City That Cares' and now, more than ever, we know our City will show up and care for those who need it most. Please join us in praying for the family and friends of these community members who we have lost," the statement continued.

Nov 25, 10:32 AM

Gunman purchased gun day of shooting, left note on his phone

The city of Chesapeake, Virginia, released messages found on the gunman's phone and the 9 mm handgun that Andre Bing legally purchased on Tuesday, just hours before the shooting.

In the note, Bing complained about his colleagues, referred to murder and asked for forgiveness. Bing claimed his coworkers made fun of him and compared him to Jeffrey Dahmer, even naming some he said would mock and laugh at him.

-ABC News' Jay O'Brien, Beatrice Peterson and Arthur Jones II

Nov 24, 3:35 PM

Walmart employee spends Thanksgiving traumatized at home

There are those in Chesapeake, Virginia, who haven't celebrated a moment of Thanksgiving. Jessie Wilczewski, who'd only been on the job at Walmart for five days, told ABC News she is still haunted by images of the shooting.

"When I sleep like it still plays, bits and pieces, so I can’t run away from it, like I had to sit there on the floor and in front of me watch my coworker have her last moments," she said, with tears in her eyes.

The shooter spared Wilczewski's life, she said. Wilczewski believes the attack was targeted and she was let go because she had not worked with the shooter long.

"I looked at him after I got up from under the table and he saw it was me. And he had the gun pointed at me [gesturing] and he went like this and put the gun up. And then he just looked at me and said, ‘Jessie go home,'" Wilczewski said.

A mom of a 15-month-old boy, Wilczewski spent her Thanksgiving traumatized at home. The shades are drawn. Too many cars on the street can terrify her. Her biggest goal since the shooting was going to 7/11, which she accomplished on Thursday.

There are countless families in Chesapeake now facing this reality, reeling from tragedy on this holiday and preparing for a holiday season that won't feel the same.

-ABC News' Jay O'Brien, Beatrice Peterson and Arthur Jones II

Nov 24, 3:29 PM

Walmart hosts Thanksgiving for store employees, families at Delta Hotel

Walmart hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for shaken store employees and their families at a Delta Hotel in Chesapeake, Virginia. Counselors and faith leaders were on hand to talk people through the shooting's immediate aftermath.

Whole families were seen going into counseling sessions together.

Six families in Chesapeake are without loved ones this Thanksgiving. Seven others have relatives in the hospital. And, countless people in the Chesapeake community are celebrating a holiday that will never be the same, after a store manager at a local Walmart opened fire on staff during a meeting Tuesday night.

-ABC News' Jay O'Brien, Beatrice Peterson and Arthur Jones II

Nov 24, 12:09 PM

2 victims remain hospitalized in critical condition

Two of the injured victims from Tuesday night's mass shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart remain hospitalized in critical condition, officials said.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, just north of Chesapeake, is continuing "to treat two patients who remain in critical condition," a spokesperson told ABC News on Thursday.

-ABC News' Beatrice Peterson

Nov 24, 6:48 AM

Governor orders flags to fly at half-staff through Sunday

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state and federal buildings and grounds across the commonwealth "in respect and memory of the victims of the Chesapeake shooting, their families, and the entire Chesapeake community."

"I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered immediately on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 and remain at half-staff until Sunday, November 27, 2022 at sunset," Youngkin said in a statement.

Nov 23, 7:25 PM

Victims of shooting identified

Five of the victims of the shooting have been publicly identified by Chesapeake officials as Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson.

The name of the sixth victim -- a 16-year-old boy -- has not been released due to his age.

Nov 23, 7:14 PM

'He had a real big heart': Mother of victim Brian Pendleton

Brian Pendleton, one of the six people killed in the shooting, would have turned 39 next week, his mother said in an emotional phone interview Wednesday.

"He had a real big heart," his mother, Michelle Johnson, said. "Anybody that wanted to laugh, or just want company, he'd buy you lunch. He'd buy you anything in a minute."

Pendleton worked at the Walmart for nearly 11 years as a custodian and "loved his job," she said.

"He was just a hard worker and a good kid," she said.

Brian Pendleton, one of the victims at the shooting at Walmart in Chesapeake. Va., is pictured in an undated photo. © City of Chesapeake Brian Pendleton, one of the victims at the shooting at Walmart in Chesapeake. Va., is pictured in an undated photo.

When a family friend called and told her there had been a shooting at his Walmart, Johnson's husband went to where families had been told to convene for reunification. He was told Brian had been transferred to Norfolk General Hospital, so Johnson and her husband drove there, she said.

"We waited, and then the police came out with a nurse and they took us to a side room and that's when they told us that he didn't make it," Johnson said, choking up.

"That's when they said that he didn't make it," Johnson said, sobbing. "I just wondered, was he afraid at that time? I know my son. I didn't want him to be afraid, and I didn't want him to hurt."

Pendleton had a condition called congenital hydrocephalus. Johnson has it too, she said, but they had both been "blessed" not to have a severe case.

"We're fighters, and we trust the Lord," she said.

This was Pendleton's favorite time of year, with Thanksgiving and his birthday on Dec. 2, said Johnson.

"I don't understand why, what happened, happened," she said.

"I will never go near that Walmart again," she added.

-ABC News' Sasha Pezenik

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