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Walmart Shooting Leaving Families Heartbroken for Thanksgiving

Teresa Iovieno  

November 25, 2022  


So far, all across the states, there have been four mass shootings reported this past month with the most recent shooting taking place on Tuesday in Chesapeake, Virginia. A total of fifteen to twenty people in a Walmart were in the break room preparing for a staff meeting when the manager suddenly pulled out a gun and began shooting leading to the death of six employees and four injured people.       


        Alex Brandon/AP 

The gunman, Andre Bing who had been working at Walmart since 2010, is believed by police to later kill himself after shooting six people.

An employee from Walmart Briana Tyler mentioned how Bing did not care who he shot; “He was just shooting all throughout the room. It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t look at anybody in any specific type of way.” 

The victims that were shot were found in different places. Two were found in the break room and another victim was reported as found in front of the store. The other three victims died at the hospital. Officials are still trying to find out the correct number of people that were injured during this attack. 


Families are left grieving over their deceased family members right before the holidays and are left without any answers as to why the shooting occurred in the first place. While many people are grieving, others that survived must live with the trauma of seeing bodies dropping one by one. 


   Family Handout 

The six victims were identified as Randy Blevins who was 70 years old, Lorenzo Gamble who was 43 years old, Tyneka Johnson, 22, Brian Pendleton, 38 years old, Kellie Pyle, 52, and a 16-year-old boy. The shooting occurred at 10 p.m. as soon as the meeting was about to begin. 

Donya Prioleau who was in the breakroom during the shooting said, “We don't know what made him do this.” There is no understanding of why Bing did this. 

The town of Chesapeake is left heartbroken before the upcoming holidays. Families are taking time to heal, and employees are trying to move on from this traumatic event. The mayor will hold a vigil this Coming Monday at the City Park


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