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A gunman killed several people at a store in Chesapeake, on the east coast of the United States, on Tuesday. Six people were killed, the municipality announced, adding that the suspected shooter was also dead.
A shooting at a Walmart supermarket in Virginia, in the eastern United States, left several dead including the shooter on Tuesday, November 22, just before Thanksgiving celebrations and after a shooting last weekend in an LGBT box in the Colorado which aroused great emotion in the country.
Police say the shooter is the only suspect in the new shooting, which took place in Chesapeake, 240 km southeast of the capital Washington. “We have found several victims and several injured people,” Chesapeake Police Officer Leo Kosinski told reporters, adding that response teams arrived “immediately” after an emergency call at 10 p.m. (0300 GMT). Wednesday) in the store still open at that time. “We believe it was a single shooter and that this one is now deceased,” he added.
The municipality of Chesapeake announced Wednesday that six people were killed, adding that the suspected shooter was also dead. “Chesapeake Police confirm seven victims, including the shooter, following last night’s shooting at Walmart on Sam’s Circle,” she tweeted.
Many police officers were present at the scene of the shooting, according to images released by the news media. Investigators are going through the supermarket with a fine-toothed comb and securing the area, explained Leo Kosinski. “We are shocked by this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Va. store,” Walmart tweeted Wednesday.
“We pray for those affected, the community and our employees. We are working closely with law enforcement and dedicated to supporting our employees,” added the American supermarket giant.
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.
—Walmart Inc. (@WalmartInc) November 23, 2022
Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas said she was “utterly heartbroken that the last mass shooting in America took place tonight at a Walmart in my district of Chesapeake.” “I will find no rest until we find solutions to end this endemic gun violence that has stolen so many lives in our country,” continued the senator on Twitter.
“Tragically, our community is experiencing yet another incident of senseless gun violence just as families gather for Thanksgiving” celebrated Thursday, Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott tweeted.
The Chesapeake Walmart shooting comes three days after another Saturday night shooting in Colorado Springs (central) that left five dead and at least 18 injured at an LGBTQ club commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance that night, dedicated to victims of transphobic violence and celebrated internationally.
The Colorado Springs shooter, identified as a 22-year-old man named Anderson Lee Aldrich, was subdued by two patrons. He could be prosecuted for murders and hate crimes and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“Hate crime” in the United States refers to an act directed against a targeted person because of elements of their identity such as race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or disability. Considered an aggravated federal offence, it carries harsher sentences.
The United States is a regular scene of mass killings and other gun violence. According to the Gun Violence Archive, more than 600 mass shootings have taken place since the beginning of the current year. However, the issue of arms control remains politically highly sensitive and Congress remains reluctant to toughen legislation in this area.