CHESAPEAKE, Virginia – Flags across Virginia were flying at half staff Wednesday, hours after a store manager opened fire before an employee meeting at a Walmart, killing six people as a wave of deadly gun violence continued to sweep the nation.
Chesapeake police spokesman Leo Kosinski said officers responding to a 911 call Tuesday night found several people wounded or hiding in the store and that rescue and tactical teams swept through providing “life-saving measures.”
At least six survivors were transported to local hospitals, one in critical condition, city officials said. There were about 50 people at the store at the time of the attack, police said. Authorities haven’t said whether any of those killed or wounded was a customer.
Police identified those killed as Chesapeake residents Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; and Randy Blevins, 70, along with Tyneka Johnson, 22, of nearby Portsmouth. The name of the sixth victim, a 16-year-old boy, was not released because of his age.