The Walmart executive who killed six people and himself in a massacre Tuesday night has been identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, according to two law enforcement sources, a witness and a source familiar with the matter.
Bing was an overnight “team lead” for the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, the source familiar with the matter told CNN.
Police have not publicly identified the shooter and told reporters Wednesday morning that they have not yet reached the shooter’s next of kin. But Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said the shooter was an employee at the store.
Police did not respond to a request for comment on the shooter’s identity.
The motive behind the attack remains a mystery.
The deadly rampage began around 10:12 p.m. Tuesday, less than an hour before the Walmart Supercenter closed.
Four people injured in the attack remained hospitalized as of Wednesday morning, the police chief said. At least two are in critical condition, said Dr. Michael Hooper, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Investigators searched the store overnight through Wednesday, looking for victims or anyone who may have been in hiding, Chesapeake Police Department spokesman Leo Kosinski said.
The Thanksgiving week massacre marks another mass shooting in a place traditionally considered safe – from schools to hospitals to shops.
Just 170 miles west of Chesapeake, a 22-year-old student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville this month allegedly opened fire on fellow students, killing three of them on a bus returning to campus from a field trip to Washington, DC.
Last weekend, a 22-year-old shot dead five people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and injured 19 others, authorities said.
Tuesday’s shooting came as the US has recorded more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The Archives and CNN count a mass shooting with at least four dead or injured, not counting the shooter.
Joetta Jeffery told CNN her mother, Betsy Umphlett, texted her from the store during the shooting, warning her that someone had opened fire.
“I’m crying, I’m shaking,” Jeffery told CNN. “I was just talking to her about buying turkeys for Thanksgiving when this text came in.”
Jeffery said her mother was unharmed but in shock and they are reunited.
Chesapeake city officials have asked people to stay away from business during the investigation.
“Our first responders are well trained and ready to go; Please give them space for this,” the city tweeted.
A reunion center has been set up at the Chesapeake Conference Center, city officials said. They are demanding that only immediate family and emergency contacts from people who have been to the store go to the center.
In a statement, Walmart said it was shocked by the tragedy that unfolded at one of its stores.
“We are praying for those affected, the community and our staff. We are working closely with law enforcement and are focused on supporting our employees,” the company said in the statement.
The Washington, DC branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting local police with the investigation, the bureau said on Twitter.