Mass shooting suspect was employee at the Chesapeake Walmart, CPD confirms


Chesapeake officials are holding an 8 a.m. news conference with updates on Tuesday night’s fatal shooting. Live updates:

  • The call came in at 10:12 p.m. Officers arrived two minutes later.
  • 6 dead victims; the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound
  • Police Chief Mark Solesky said the shooter was a store employee
  • Solesky says the shooter used a pistol in the fatal shooting
  • No reason to believe the public is in danger
  • Relatives of the shooters have not been notified.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Authorities say 7 people, including the suspect, died following a mass shooting Tuesday night at a Walmart just off Battlefield Blvd. in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Police said there were multiple counts of dead and injured people found inside the building, where the shooting occurred. A host on duty at the time told WAVY that the shooting started in the back of the store. A person was also found dead outside the main entrance.

The call reporting the shooting came in at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday, when the Walmart Supercenter was still open to the public. The night workers had just checked in.

Chesapeake PD spokesman Leo Kosinski didn’t get many updates during a briefing around 12:40 p.m. He says the injured have been rushed to several area hospitals.

A spokesperson for Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the closest Level 1 trauma center to the area, confirmed that five patients were being treated there.

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