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Several people have died in a shooting at a Walmart, according to police in Virginia


Several people were killed and others injured in a shooting at a Walmart in Virginia Tuesday night, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Walmart on Sam’s Circle around 10:15 p.m., and found evidence of a shooting once they arrived, Chesapeake Police MPO Leo Kasinski said at a news briefing.

Within 35 to 40 minutes, officers found several dead and injured people inside the store and assembled rescue and tactical teams to go inside and take life-saving measures, he said.

Police believe there was one shooter who is dead, he said. They believe the shooting stopped when police arrived, Kasinski said. He did not have a death toll, but said it was “less than 10 at this point.”

Kasinski said he does not believe police fired, but he could not say whether the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Sentara Healthcare, said in a text message that five patients from Walmart are being treated at Norfolk Hospital. Their terms were not immediately available.

The Virginia shooting comes three days after a gunman opened fire on a gay man night club in coloradomurder five people and 17 wounded. After that, the shooter was arrested the visitors of the club pounced on him and beat him. The shooting comes in a year when the country was rocked by the deaths of 21 people in a school shooting in Uwald, Texas.

Tuesday’s shooting also brought to mind another Walmart shooting in 2019, when a gunman who police say was targeting Mexicans opened fire inside an El Paso store, killing 22 people. There was no security guard at Walmart that day.

Sen. Mark Warner tweeted that he was “saddened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.” Senator Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiments, tweeting that she was “absolutely heartbroken that the latest mass shooting in America happened at a Walmart in my neighborhood.”

Chesapeake Police tweeted that a family reunification area had been set up at the Chesapeake Convention Center. This site is only for immediate family members or emergency contacts of those who may have been in the building, the tweet said.

Chesapeake is about 7 miles south of Norfolk.

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