© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Police stroll by way of the car parking zone after a mass capturing at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, U.S. November 23, 2022. REUTERS/Jay Paul/File Photograph
(Reuters) – A Walmart (NYSE:) supervisor who killed six co-workers earlier than turning the gun on himself this week left a rambling word on his cellphone through which he railed in opposition to different workers on the Chesapeake, Virginia, retailer who he felt had mocked and betrayed him.
The word was launched by the town of Chesapeake on Friday in an replace on its investigation into why the suspect, recognized as 31-year-old Andre Bing, started firing on employees gathered in a break room earlier than their in a single day shift late on Tuesday.
Bing, who was crew chief for the shift, was armed with a handgun when he shot some however not the entire workers assembled within the break room, witnesses and police mentioned, elevating the prospect that he might have focused people.
In a search of his residence, investigators discovered ammunition and numerous gadgets associated to the 9mm handgun, together with a receipt, in line with the replace from Chesapeake, a metropolis of 251,000 individuals about 200 miles (320 km) south of Washington.
“The gun was legally bought from a neighborhood retailer on the morning of Tuesday Nov. 22. He had no legal historical past,” the town mentioned in an announcement on Friday.
In his word, Bing made reference to an unspecified work failure on his half and perceived slights from co-workers, who he felt had been mocking him. He mentioned he believed his telephone had been hacked and “was giving the worst feeling conceivable.”
“The associates gave me evil twisted grins, mocked me and celebrated my down fall the final day,” he wrote. “That is why they endure the identical destiny as me.”
Bing additionally wrote within the doc titled “dying word” that he deliberate to spare an individual, whose identify was redacted, as a result of she had a particular place in his coronary heart, citing his personal mom’s dying from most cancers.
Requested to touch upon Bing’s word, Walmart mentioned in an announcement: “There may be nothing that may justify taking harmless lives. Our focus continues to be on the households who’re grieving and supporting our associates by way of this tough time.”
Along with the seven lifeless, together with Bing, two persons are being handled in space hospitals. One is in crucial situation and one’s situation is enhancing, the town mentioned.
The Chesapeake capturing got here on the heels of final weekend’s bloodbath in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the place a gunman killed 5 at an LGBTQ nightclub.
The USA averages two mass shootings per day, when outlined as an incident killing or injuring 4 or extra individuals, in line with GunViolenceArchive.org.