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Walmart employee killed 6 people at Chesapeake, Virginia, store, police say

Law enforcement work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. The store was very busy just before Tuesday night’s shooting with shoppers ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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One Walmart An employee killed six people Tuesday night before taking his own life at the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, police said Wednesday.

The gunman was a disgruntled employee, said a senior law enforcement official NBC News.

The massacre happened when people were shopping for last-minute Thanksgiving items. The shooting also occurred days before Black Friday, when shoppers traditionally head to retailers like Walmart to buy holiday gifts at bargain prices.

CNBC has reached out to Walmart for comment on the shooting and the investigation, as well as on any security concerns prior to Black Friday.

Walmart, in a Twitter post early Wednesday morning, said it was “shocked” by the shooting. “We are praying for those affected, our community, and our associates,” the company said. “We are working closely with law enforcement and we are focused on supporting our associates.”

In June, Walmart said it was adding a layer to its store manager training program that focuses on identifying employees and customers who may need intervention for mental health issues. Officials said Wednesday they have yet to identify a “clear motive” for Tuesday’s rampage.

The shooting was reported to police shortly after 10 p.m. ET, and officers were on the scene within minutes. Police declared the store safe by 11:20 p.m., officials said Wednesday.

A local hospital is treating other victims. The gunman used a pistol and appeared to have died by shooting himself, police said on Wednesday. They did not immediately reveal his identity as they have not yet informed his relatives.

The Chesapeake Police and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant on the suspect’s home, and authorities believe there is no additional risk to the public, officials said Wednesday.

The Chesapeake store will remain closed as authorities investigate the shooting. Officials said that process could take days.

The Walmart massacre comes days after a mass shooting over the weekend in an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado SpringsColorado, of which five people were killed.

This is an evolving story. Check back for updates.

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