10 feared dead in US Walmart shooting
Up to 10 people have been killed at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, after a gunman – believed to be the store manager – opened fire just days before Thanksgiving.
According to witnesses at the scene, one of the managers entered the break room and started shooting at people inside the Sam’s Circle Walmart, located just off Battlefield Boulevard, at around 10.10pm on Tuesday night.
Police said the gunman was dead when they arrived on the scene but did not confirm whether he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound – though a Walmart employee claimed the shooter turned the gun on himself.
First responders found multiple deceased victims when they arrived at the scene as well as several wounded. One victim’s dead body was discovered outside, beside the store’s entrance.
The exact number of victims is not yet clear, but a Chesapeake Police Department spokesman said that no more than 10 people died in the mass shooting and that he believes no police shots were fired. All those injured have been transported to hospitals in the area.
Five patients were being treated for injuries at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the area’s top trauma center, a spokesperson confirmed.
But many are thought to be seriously hurt, as over 40 emergency service vehicles swooped to the Walmart supercenter on Tuesday night.
One Walmart employee, standing outside the store after the horrific attack, revealed on social media: ‘It was the manager. One of the managers.’
Referring to the gunman, the shaken staff member added: ‘He blew his brains out and everything. He killed the girl in there and everything. He came in and started spraying. I’m sorry for the victims.
‘I just left the break room, the manager come in there and started capping people up in there, started shooting. Sadly we lost a few of our associates.’
‘It was a traumatic experience,’ he later revealed to DailyMail.com.