Virginia Walmart shooting updates: 7 dead including one gunman

Seven people, including the shooter, died Tuesday night after a shooting at the Walmart at Sam’s Circle in Chesapeake, Virginia, police said.

A law enforcement source told ABC News that “preliminary information is that it was an employee, a possible manager, who went into the break room and shot other employees and himself.”

Police couldn’t confirm if the shooting was limited to part of the store, saying it was “very fluid, very new at the moment”.

“It’s sad we’re a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Chesapeake Police Department spokesman LC Kosinski.

“We’ve only been in response a few hours so we don’t have all the answers yet,” the City of Chesapeake tweeted. “The Chesapeake Police Department is continuing its investigation into the active shooter incident at Walmart at Sam’s Circle. We know there are multiple deaths and injuries and the shooter has been confirmed dead.”

Briana Tyler, an employee at the Chesapeake Walmart, told ABC News that she and her co-workers were gathered in the break room early in their shift when the shooting occurred.

“I looked up and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire,” Tyler recalled during an interview on Good Morning America Wednesday.

“It wasn’t specifically aimed at anyone,” she added. “He literally started shooting all over the break room and I saw several people just fall to the floor where they tried to duck for cover or they got hit.”

Tyler told ABC News the shooter “looked straight at her” and fired, but “luckily missed her head by an inch or two.”

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all,” she noted. “I literally hadn’t even seen him up to that point. He just came around the corner and started shooting. The first person that was in his sight shot him down and next thing he started manipulating the entire break room but he didn’t say a word.”

Tyler told ABC News that when she first started working there about two months ago, she had heard from other employees that “he’s the manager to watch out for because there’s always something going on with him, just that he has a problem with someone”.

“But I never expected that there would be such a problem as I don’t know anything that has happened lately,” she said.

“He was the manager everyone had something to say about,” she added. “[But] I never thought he would do something like that.”

PHOTO: Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are working at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are working at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is en route to the scene, ABC News can report.

“Our first responders are well trained and ready to respond. Our communications team is in place and will release additional information as it is confirmed,” Elizabeth Vaughn, Chesapeake assistant director of public communications, said in a statement.

Law enforcement sources say ABC News authorities are investigating whether this is a case of workplace violence.

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West issued a statement after the shooting, calling it a “senseless act of violence.”

“I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place in our city last night,” West said in a statement on Twitter. “My prayers are with all those affected – the victims, their families, their friends and their staff. I am grateful for the quick action taken by our first responders who rushed to the scene. Chespeake is a close-knit community and we are all shocked by this news. Together we will support each other during this time. Please keep us in your prayers.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin also issued a statement regarding the shooting on social media in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“Our hearts are breaking with the Chesapeake community this morning. I will remain in touch with law enforcement officials throughout the morning and have made all resources available as this investigation progresses,” Youngkin said. “Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities.”

This is an evolving story. Please check again for updates.

ABC News’ Lauren Minore, Beatrice Peterson, and Luke Barr contributed to this report.

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