A manager killed six coworkers before killing himself at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.
At least two people are still hospitalized after Tuesday’s shooting. A vigil for victims is set for Monday evening.
Police are still investigating the mass shooting; more details will be provided Friday.
At least two employees were still hospitalized following this week’s mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, when a manager killed six coworkers before killing himself.
Minutes after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving, the shooting started in the staff break area, as several employees were about to start their nighttime shift.
In addition to the six employees who passed away, other people are still receiving medical care.
One victim was hospitalized in critical condition on Thanksgiving Day, while another was in “fair/improving condition,” Chesapeake city officials said in a tweet Thursday. Another victim was released Wednesday, a Sentara Norfolk General Hospital spokesperson told media.
“On this Thanksgiving, we are extra thankful for our community and we are thinking of every victim of the Walmart shooting and their family members,” Chesapeake city officials said online.
“Today we are focused only of those hurt by Tuesday’s tragic event, but the police investigation continues,” officials said, adding that additional information will be provided Friday.
Authorities have identified the deceased as Randy Blevins, 70, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, Tyneka Johnson, 22, Brian Pendleton, 38, Kellie Pyle, 52, and a 16-year-old child who is being kept anonymous due to his age.
Chesapeake officials have arranged a vigil for victims set for Monday evening at City Park while police investigate one of at least three mass shootings in Virginia this month.
“Chesapeake is a tightknit community and we are all shaken,” Mayor Rick West said in a message posted online earlier this week. “Together, we will support each other throughout this time.”
A wave of sadness and trauma at the loss of loved ones in yet another mass shooting in the US has been unleashed by the tragedy, which occurred as many in the town were getting ready to spend the holiday with family and friends.
Another town in Virginia has been impacted by the loss of lives due to gun violence. A 22-year-old University of Virginia student in Charlottesville, which is around 170 miles west of Chesapeake, has been detained and charged after opening fire on classmates on November 13 when the bus was returning from a field trip to Washington, DC, killing three of them.
Last weekend, a 22-year-old man opened fire at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injured 19, according to investigators. This incident has left the community in Colorado shaken.
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit organization that started keeping track of the incidents in 2014, these shootings, among many others, have put the US on an unsettling course to make 2022 the second-highest year for mass shootings on record.
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