A gunman killed several people in a Walmart supermarket on Tuesday evening, November 22, in a town in the US state of Virginia, local authorities said, adding that the shooter was also dead.
“We have found several victims and several wounded”Chesapeake Local Police Officer Leo Kosinski told reporters, adding that the response teams had entered the store ” immediately “ when they arrived, after an emergency call at 10 p.m. “We believe it is a single shooter and that this one is now deceased”he added.
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The number of victims has not been officially announced but according to the policeman, the shooting would not have caused more than 10 deaths. It is also this balance sheet reported by the television station WUSA, affiliated with the CBS chain.
“We are shocked by this tragic event at our store in Chesapeake, Va.reacted the Walmart brand, on Twitter. We pray for those affected, the community and our associates. We work closely with law enforcement and are focused on supporting our associates. »
“Endemic gun violence”
The municipality of the city, located 240 kilometers southeast of Washington, confirmed on Twitter “a shooter incident with fatalities at Walmart on Sam’s Circle”. “Our first response teams are well prepared and ready to respond. Please give them space to do so”she added.
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.
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Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas said “to be totally 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”.
The United States is regularly the scene of mass killings and other violence by firearms, but the question of gun control remains politically sensitive and Congress remains reluctant to toughen legislation in this area.
The supermarket shooting took place 48 hours before Thaksgiving celebrations and comes after a shooting at a gay club last weekend in Colorado sparked outrage across the country.