A gunman shot and killed several people at a Walmart store on Tuesday night in the US state of Virginia, police and city officials said, adding the shooter was also dead.
“We were able to find several dead and several injured,” Chesapeake Police Department officer Leo Kosinski told reporters at the scene, saying rapid response officers entered the store “immediately” upon their arrival. .
“We believe it was a single shooter and that shooter died at that time,” he added.
We’re only hours away from the answer, so we don’t have all the answers yet. Chesapeake Police are continuing to investigate the active shooter event at Walmart on Sam’s Circle. We know that there are several dead and injured and that the shooter is confirmed dead.
— City of Chesapeake (@AboutChesapeake) November 23, 2022
The City of Chesapeake also said on Twitter that police have “confirmed an active shooter incident with fatalities at Walmart on Sam’s Circle.
“Our first responders are well trained and prepared to respond; please give them space to do so,” he added.
News footage showed a large police presence at the scene, with Kosinski saying several officers and investigators were scouring the store and securing the area.
The exact death toll is unclear, but CBS affiliate WUSA said police said they believe no more than 10 people were killed.
Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas, who represents the area, said she was “absolutely heartbroken that the last American mass shooting took place tonight at a Walmart in my district of Chesapeake, Virginia.” .
I am absolutely heartbroken that the last mass shooting in the United States took place tonight at a Walmart in my neighborhood in Chesapeake, Virginia. I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this epidemic of gun violence in our country that has claimed so many lives.
— L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) November 23, 2022
“I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this epidemic of gun violence in our country that has claimed so many lives,” she said on Twitter.
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