‘He didn’t say a word’: Walmart manager killed six workers and himself in US mass shooting

Key points
  • A total of seven people, including the shooter, were killed.
  • With a pistol, the suspect also wounded at least four people who were being treated in district hospitals.
  • The shooting comes as the US prepares for Thanksgiving celebrations.
A manager at a Walmart Inc store in Virginia entered a break room and opened fire on co-workers before shooting himself, killing a total of seven people in the latest U.S. mass shooting, according to an eyewitness.

Walmart employee Briana Tyler told ABC’s Good Morning America that the suspect, whom police have not identified, said nothing when he started shooting at workers who had gathered on the eve of their shift late Tuesday night.

“I looked up and saw that my manager had just opened the door and opened fire,” Ms. Tyler said.
“He didn’t say a word. He didn’t say anything at all.”
The suspect also shot at least four people who were being treated at local hospitals, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said at a press conference on Wednesday.

He did not name possible motives for the shooting, but said the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mass shooting at Walmart

Law enforcement, including the FBI, are at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart store on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia. Source: AARP / (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Following the killing of five people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday, the latest massacre prompted another round of condemnation from state officials and calls from activists for tighter gun control.

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday called the shooting “another horrific and senseless act of violence,” pledging any federal resources needed to help with the investigation.

“There are more tables across the country this Thanksgiving that will have empty seats,” he said in a statement, noting a shooting earlier this month that killed three University of Virginia students.
“We need to take more active measures.”
Employees told the media the shooter was the manager of a giant Walmart near Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake, a city of about 250,000 people south of Norfolk.

“One of my managers just shot at Battlefield Walmart. He killed a couple of people. By the grace of God, I got out,” another employee, Kevin Harper, told CBS.

Jessie Wilczewski told WAVY-TV that she hid under a table and the shooter pointed a gun at her and told her to go home.
“It didn’t even look real until you felt the pow-pow-pow. You can feel it,” the store employee said. “At first I couldn’t hear him because he must have been so loud. I felt it.”

Tuesday’s bloodshed marked the latest surge in gun violence in the United States, where an average of two mass shootings occur every day, defined as an incident that kills or injures four or more people, according to GunViolenceArchive.org.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who has already faced strong calls for policies to combat gun violence in the wake of the University of Virginia killings, ordered flags at half-mast on local, state and federal buildings.
“Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities,” Youngkin tweeted.

Walmart, in a statement on Wednesday, said it was “shocked” by the violence at the Chesapeake store and is working closely with law enforcement.