'Multiple fatalities' in Walmart shooting in Virginia
A gunman and several others were found dead inside a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia.
A spokesperson for the Chesapeake Police Department, Leo Kosinski, said a number of people were shot and killed on Tuesday night inside a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia.
In a brief news conference, Kosinski said the shooter was found dead at the store, indicating that he believed that "less than 10" were killed.
According to the spokesperson, the Chesapeake Police Department responded to a report of a shooting inside Walmart at about 10 pm, adding that when officers entered the store, they found "multiple fatalities and multiple injured" individuals.
Kosinski said the investigators were not sure if the gunman was a Walmart employee or whether he had committed suicide, noting that he did not believe any shots had been fired by police officers.
#UPDATE A Chesapeake police spokesperson tells us at this point he believes no more than 10 people have died. It’s unclear if the shooter was an employee. The shooter is now deceased. Officers are walking through the Walmart super center checking for victims. @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/gZs4CDV0q8— Michelle Wolf (@MichelleWolfTV) November 23, 2022
The officers were searching for more victims inside the store as of late Tuesday night, he pointed out, explaining that Walmart "had a lot of hiding spots" for shoppers who had possibly sought cover during the shooting.
"People could get scared, they could be hiding," the official said. "We want to make sure that everyone is accounted for."
This is the second mass shooting witnessed in the US in less than a week, as five people were killed on Saturday in a shooting that targeted a club in Colorado Springs.
In early November, three players of the University of Virginia football team were killed by a former player who opened fire in a garage.