Multiple dead in Virginia Walmart store shooting | US News

Multiple people were killed and several others were injured in a shooting at a Walmart store in Virginia, police said.

Police were called to the Chesapeake City shortly after 10 p.m. local time for the shooting, spokesman Leo Kosinski said.

“Chesapeake Police confirm a shooting at Walmart on Sam’s Circle. The shooter is dead. The shooter is dead,” the city of Chesapeake tweeted.

Virginia police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart. Image: WAVY-TV 10 via AP
Virginia police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart. Image: WAVY-TV 10 via AP

The death toll was unclear, but Mr Kosinski said “less than 10 people” had died.

Senator Louise Lucas tweeted: “Deeply saddened that the latest mass shooting in the United States occurred tonight at a Walmart in my area in Chesapeake, Virginia.

“I will not rest until we find a solution to end our nation’s epidemic of gun violence that has claimed so many lives.”

Many people were also injured and five victims were reportedly being treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in the nearby city of Norfolk.

Mr. Kosinski said police believed the shooting took place inside the store, but one person was found dead outside the building.

It was not immediately clear whether the gunman died of self-harm.

Mr Kosinski added that “to the best of his knowledge” no one fired at the police.

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The City of Chesapeake’s Twitter account tweeted: “A family reunion site has been set up at the Chesapeake Convention Center (700 Conference Center Drive). This site is only for immediate family or people who may be in the building emergency contacts to use.”

Walmart said on Twitter that it was “shocked” by the incident at its store.

“We are appalled by this tragic incident at our Chesapeake store in Virginia. Our prayers are with those affected, the community and our employees. We are working closely with law enforcement and we are focused on supporting our employees.”

The Chesapeake Walmart is a “supercenter,” meaning it sells groceries and other products.

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