Six people were shot and killed inside a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia in United States on Tueday night, said the police, reported news agency Associated Press. The shooter, whose name the police did not reveal, was found dead at the store, said Leo Kosinki, a spokesman with the Police department, in a brief news conference.
Kosinki did not specify the number of people killed in the incident but said that it was “less than 10”.
The Police Department responded to a report of a shooting inside the Walmart at about 10 p.m., Mr. Kosinski said. He added that when officers entered the store, they found “multiple fatalities and multiple injured” individuals, reported the New York Times.
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He also said that the investigators did not know of the shooter was an employee at the store or whether he died by suicide and added that he did not believe that any shots haad been fired by police officers.
It was the second high-profile shooting in a handful of days. A person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado late Saturday, killing five people and wounding 17. The shootings come in a year when the country was shaken by the deaths of 21 when a gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Tuesday’s shooting also brought back memories of another at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman police say was targeting Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso and killed 22 people.
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The shooting at Virginia Walmart apparenlty stopped when the police arrived, the AP report stated .
Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Sentara Healthcare, said in a text message that five patients from the Walmart were being treated at Norfolk General Hospital. Their conditions weren’t immediately available, the report added.
Walmart tweeted early Wednesday that it was “shocked at this tragic event.”