Teen among 6 fatally shot in Virginia Walmart store by manager

The gunman opened fire on fellow employees, killing six people before turning the gun on himself.. PHOTO: REUTERS

RICHMOND, Virginia - A teenage boy and a 70-year-old man were among six people killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, the authorities said on Wednesday.

A manager at the store opened fire on fellow employees in a break room, killing the six, before turning the gun on himself.

“We are saddened to announce the names of those we lost on Tuesday evening at the shooting at Walmart on Sam’s Circle but hope that with this information, we can honour their lives in our community,” officials wrote on the city’s website.

The youngest victim was a 16-year-old Chesapeake boy, whose name was not revealed because he was a minor.

Mr Randall Blevins, 70, was the oldest victim.

Mr Blevins’ cousin wrote on Facebook that he had worked at Walmart for many years and was planning his retirement in the next year.

The other victims were Mr Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Mr Brian Pendleton, 38; Ms Kellie Pyle, 52; and Ms Tyneka Johnson, 22.

Ms Johnson’s family, which had made desperate online posts pleading with the public for information after the shooting occurred, confirmed her death to local media.

A relative described her as “the nicest person, who never bothered anyone”.

A cousin wrote on Facebook: “I’m sorry this happened to you so soon, you had so many plans but I guess god had other plans. So this means no more phone calls? No more sending pictures of your tattoos and I pick them out?“

Ms Pyle had updated her Facebook status on Nov 1 to say she was in a relationship with Mr Brian Baker. On Wednesday morning, Mr Baker posted a picture of the couple on Facebook with the message: “Until we see each other again my angel.”

Ms Pyle hailed from Norfolk, Virginia, and attended Norfolk Catholic High School, according to her Facebook profile.

Andre Bing, 31, the suspect in the shooting of fellow employees at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia. PHOTO: REUTERS

The gunman was identified as Andre Bing, 31, of Chesapeake, Virginia. He did not say anything as he began firing on workers gathered late on Tuesday ahead of their overnight shift. REUTERS

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.