The manager of a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia opened fire on employees gathered in the break room Tuesday night, killing six people.
The store was busy just before the attack Tuesday night with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a shopper told a local TV station.
According to Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky, there was no clear motive for the shooting. In addition to the six employees killed, four others were hospitalized.
The gunman was dead when police found him, apparently having killed himself after the shooting. When asked whether there was a security guard at the store, the police chief said he did not know.
“I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place late last night in our city,” Chesapeake Mayor Rick W. West said in a statement posted to the city’s Twitter account today. “Chesapeake is a tightknit community and we are all shaken by this news.”
Walmart tweeted early this morning that it was “shocked at this tragic event.”