Gunman kills 10 in Virginia Walmart mass shooting
At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Walmart supermarket in Chesapeake, in the US state of Virginia on Tuesday night.
Leo Kosinski, a spokesman with the Chesapeake Police Department, said in a brief news conference that the shooter was found dead at the store.
Kosinski said the shooting was believed to have happened inside the store, and that the suspect acted alone.
There are few details, but a police officer spoke of no more than 10 people killed and multiple injured. No motive has emerged.
Police told reporters that the attack happened at 22:12 local time (03:12 GMT).
Walmart said in a statement early Wednesday morning that “we are shocked at this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia, store.”
“We’re praying for those impacted, the community and our associates.
“We’re working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates.”
Virginia state Senator L. Louise Lucas, also a Democrat, added that she was “absolutely heartbroken”.
She wrote on Twitter: “I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country.”
Tuesday evening’s attack comes just days after a gunman opened fire at a LGBT nightclub in the US state of Colorado, killing five people and injuring 17 others.
In 2019, a mass shooting at a Walmart in the city of El Paso in Texas left 23 dead.