Officials report that a shooting at a Virginia Walmart left at least 6 people dead. The shooter is dead.
Leo Kosinski, a spokesman for the Chesapeake Police investigators were scouring the store overnight into Wednesday in an effort to find any potential victims or people who may have been hiding. Police had earlier received reports of injuries.
According to a law enforcement source said, investigators think the shooter was a current or former worker of the business who started shooting at other workers in a break room.
According to the official account, the shooter turned the gun on himself at some point.
Less than an hour before it was scheduled to close, officers responded to the Walmart and discovered victims and shooting evidence, according to Kosinski.
Sentara General Hospital in nearby Norfolk, Virginia, five patients were being treated.
The shooting, which occurred two days before Thanksgiving while customers were doing last-minute shopping, is yet another example of how gun violence erupts in American life in places that are traditionally thought to be safe, such as schools, stores, and even hospitals.
A 22-year-old student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, about 170 miles west of Chesapeake, allegedly opened fire on fellow students this month, killing three of them on a bus returning to campus from a field trip to Washington, DC.
Authorities said a 22-year-old man shot and killed five people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last weekend, and injured 19 others.
Chesapeake city officials have asked that people avoid the store during the investigation.