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Witness Recounts How Walmart Manager Pulled Out Gun & Started Firing During Team Meeting

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Witness Recounts How Walmart Manager Pulled Out Gun & Started Firing During Team Meeting

Before a scheduled employee meeting, a Walmart manager pulled out a weapon and started shooting erratically in the store’s break room, killing six people in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days, according to authorities and witnesses on Wednesday.

Andre Bing, Walmart store manager who killed six people (Virginia DMV/Chesapeake Police via AP)

When police arrived late on Tuesday at the business in Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city, the shooter had already been killed.

According to authorities, he reportedly shot himself. The motive was being investigated by the police. One worker recalled seeing “corpses drop” as the attacker shot carelessly and mutely.

“He was just shooting throughout the room. It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t look at anybody in any specific type of way,” according to Walmart employee Briana Tyler.

Briana Tyler re-enacts what happened

Just after 10 p.m., a shooting occurred as shoppers stocked up for the Thanksgiving weekend, injuring six people. According to the police, there were at least 50 individuals inside the shop at the time.

Andre Bing, a 31-year-old overnight team leader who has worked for Walmart since 2010, was named as the shooter. He reportedly possessed one weapon and multiple magazines of ammo, according to police.

Tyler reported that the 15 to 20 members of the overnight stocking staff had just assembled in the break room to discuss the morning schedule.

One team leader announced that the meeting was about to begin and stated, “All right folks, we have a light night ahead of us.”

Bing then turned back and started shooting at the crew.

Ms. Tyler first had her doubts about the shooting being real and believed it to be active shooter training.

It was all happening so quickly, she continued, adding that it was only by God’s grace that a bullet missed her. I witnessed bodies fall as I watched the gun smoke exit. It was insane.

Three of the dead, including Bing, according to the police, were discovered in the break room. Near the entrance to the store, one of the murdered people was discovered. Hospitals received three more patients who later passed away.

Ms. Tyler, who began working at Walmart two months ago and had only recently worked with Bing, claimed she had never had a bad experience with him, but others had warned her that he was “the manager to watch out for.”

She claimed that Bing has a habit of falsely accusing individuals.

He simply enjoyed picking, to be honest. Because he had the power, I believe he just searched for minor things. He was just that kind of person, that’s all. That is what many people have said about him, she continued.

She was hiding under the table when Bing looked over and pointed his gun at her, according to employee Jessie Wilczewski, who worked for Norfolk television station WAVY. When he told her to return home, she did so.

A 16-year-old boy, whose identity was withheld due to his age, was among the dead, according to the police.

The other fatalities were named Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Randy Blevins, 70; and Tyneka Johnson, 38; all of them were from Chesapeake.

It was unclear at first if they were customers or employees.

The incident was Virginia’s second significant shooting in a little more than a week. Days before the incident at the Walmart, a gunman in Colorado Springs opened fire at a gay bar, killing five people and injuring 17.

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