Officials say that several people were killed and hurt in a shooting at a Walmart in Virginia. Police think the shooter is one of those who died.
Police say that several people were killed and hurt in a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday night.
Chesapeake Police public information officer Leo Kosinski told CNN that officers went to the store at 10:12 p.m., less than an hour before it closed, and found the victims and signs of a shooting.
Details about how many people were killed or hurt probably won’t be known until later on Wednesday. Kosinski said that investigators were still looking through the store overnight for more victims or people who might be hiding. Earlier, he said that police think “less than ten” people have died.
Sentara Healthcare told CNN affiliate WTKR that five people were being cared for at Sentara General Hospital in nearby Norfolk, Virginia. There was no news right away about how they were doing.
“The first event happened only a few hours ago, so everything is very fluid and new right now,” Kosinski said. The city of Chesapeake said on Twitter that a news conference would be held at 8 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
Kosinski said that they think the shooter is among the dead and that they don’t think any police officers fired their guns during the response.
A law enforcement source tells CNN that investigators think the shooter was a current or former employee of the store who opened fire on other employees in a break room.
Sources say that they think the shooter turned the gun on himself at some point.
During the investigation, the city of Chesapeake asked people not to go to the store. In a tweet, the city said, “Our first responders are well-trained and ready to help. Please give them space to do so.”
Walmart said in a statement, “We are shocked by what happened at our Chesapeake, Virginia store.” “We are praying for those who have been hurt, for the community, and for our employees. We’re working closely with the police, and our main goal is to help our friends,” the statement said.
Joetta Jeffery told CNN that her mother, Betsy Umphlett, texted her during the shooting to let her know that someone had started shooting from inside the store.
Jeffery told CNN, “I’m crying and my hands are shaking.” “I just told her I was going to buy turkeys for Thanksgiving, and then I got this text.”
Jeffery said that her mother is not hurt but is scared and that they are back together.
City officials said that a reunification center was set up at the Chesapeake Conference Center. People who were in the store are only allowed to go to the center if they have close family or people they can call in an emergency.
The Washington, DC, field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is helping local police with the investigation, the bureau said on Twitter.