The night manager who killed six people at a Walmart in Virginia and wounded at least a half-dozen others was identified by the company Wednesday as 31-year-old Andre Bing.
Bing, who took his own life after opening fire on his co-workers Tuesday, worked the overnight shift at the Walmart Supercenter in the city of Chesapeake and was a longtime employee, the company said in a statement.
“We can confirm that he was a Walmart associate,” the statement read. “Andre’s position with the company was overnight team lead and he’s been employed with us since 2010.”
Chesapeake city officials also confirmed the name of the shooter on their official Twitter account and said that he was armed with one handgun and multiple magazines.
“We are still communicating with the victims’ families and will release their information as soon as possible,” the statement said.
The revelation came as investigators were searching the suspect’s home and trying to establish a motive for the mass killing. There were believed to be about 50 people in the store when the shooting started, police said.
Bing was found dead in a break room with two other fatalities, the city of Chesapeake tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Another victim was found dead near the front of the store and the three other shooting victims were rushed to local hospitals but died later from their injuries, city officials said.
At least six other injured people were rushed to local hospitals for treatment, including one person who is currently in critical condition, the officials said.
“We’re a couple days before the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Leo Kosinski, the public information officer for the Chesapeake Police Department. “It’s just a bad time all around, just for everybody involved — especially the victims. This is horrible.”
At the White House, President Joe Biden decried the latest mass shooting in America.
“Because of yet another horrific and senseless act of violence, there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving,” Biden said in a statement. “There are now more families who know the worst kind of loss and pain imaginable.”
The first reports of gunfire at the Walmart Supercenter were logged at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday and, when police arrived minutes later, the shooter was already dead, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said.