A gunman who killed six people at a Walmart store in the US state of Virginia was a worker of the chain store, police said Wednesday.
The shooting took place at a Walmart in Chesapeake, the country's largest grocery retailer. Officers responded to a report of a shooting at around 10.12 p.m. local time Tuesday.
Police Chief Mark Solesky told reporters that the gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Chesapeake Police continue their investigation into the active shooter event at Walmart on Sam’s Circle. We do know there are multiple fatalities plus injuries and the shooter is confirmed dead,” the city wrote on Twitter.
Chesapeake is located in southern Virginia’s coastal Hampton Roads region, which includes the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
State Senator Louise Lucas said she was “absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district.”
“I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country that has taken so many lives,” she wrote on Twitter.
The shooting follows another mass killing that hit an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where five people were killed.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the US has recorded more than 600 mass shootings in 2022, CNN reported.
*Gozde Bayar in Ankara contributed to the story.
Source: Anadolu Agency