Police have identified the suspected gunman of the mass shooting that occurred in a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart on Tuesday as 31-year-old Andre Bing, Fox News reports.
Thus far, not a whole lot appears to be known about Bing, who is said by police to have taken his own life during the shooting.
What is being reported is that Bing had been working for Walmart since 2010 and that he was a manager, specifically, the “team lead” for the overnight shift.
The shooting took place on Tuesday night, around 10 p.m., at the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia. Details about what happened have come from the police as well as from Walmart employees who were there when the shooting took place.
One employee named Briana Tyler revealed that the shooting took place after a group of 15 to 20 people gathered inside the break room to go over the morning plan. Just as the meeting was about to start, according to Tyler, her manager – presumably Bing – turned around and began firing randomly at staff.
“He was just shooting all throughout the room,” she said. “It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t look at anybody in any specific type of way.”
There are other reports that the shooter may even have been laughing at some point during the shooting, which, according to police, the suspect carried out with one handgun.
Police arrived on the scene to find six people dead and several others injured. That’s when they also found Bing dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities have yet to discover a motive for the shooting. A SWAT team, in conjunction with the Virginia State Police, has carried out a search of Bing’s home. But, it is unclear if anything of significance was found.
Authorities have put out a statement, saying, “investigators are actively working to learn more about the suspect’s background and what may have motivated the shooting.”
The police say that Bing was not known to law enforcement prior to the shooting.
The Chesapeake Walmart is expected to remain closed for the time being while investigators continue to process the crime scene.