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Walmart gunman bought a pistol to kill co-workers and left a ‘Death Note’

In what he called a “death note,” the gunman said he would not kill an employee who had cancer because his mother had died from the disease.

November 25, 2022 / 09:46 PM IST
City authorities identified the shooter as Chesapeake resident Andre Bing, saying he was armed with one handgun and multiple magazines. Walmart confirmed in a statement that Bing was an overnight team lead, employed with the company since 2010. (Image: AFP)

City authorities identified the shooter as Chesapeake resident Andre Bing, saying he was armed with one handgun and multiple magazines. Walmart confirmed in a statement that Bing was an overnight team lead, employed with the company since 2010. (Image: AFP)

The Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six of his co-workers at a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, late Tuesday purchased a pistol only hours before the massacre and left a note on his phone, in which he described how he planned to target some colleagues and spare others, according to new details released by the Chesapeake police Friday.

As friends and relatives of the victims mourned, with a candlelight vigil planned by the city Monday, the new details provided the first indication of what led to the eruption of workplace violence, which took place as members of what has been described as a close-knit overnight team met in a Walmart break room.

Police said an analysis of a phone belonging to the gunman, identified as Andre Bing, 31, turned up the message, in which he said employees at the store had mocked him and compared him to a serial killer. In what he called a “death note,” the gunman said he would not kill an employee who had cancer because his mother had died from the disease.

“My God forgive me for what I’m going to do...” the note ended, according to images shared by Chesapeake city officials on Twitter.

Officials did not say when the note was written.

The new details released Friday indicated the ease with which the gunman had purchased the handgun used in the killing, a 9 mm pistol.

“The gun was legally purchased from a local store on the morning of Tuesday,” the city said in a statement. “He had no criminal history.”

According to a witness, the gunman opened fire about 10 p.m. without warning after entering the break room. The victims included several employees who had worked with him for years — Randall Blevins, Lorenzo Gamble and Brian Pendleton — and others who had more recently joined the staff, Kellie Pyle and Tyneka Johnson. One victim was a 16-year-old boy whose name has not been released.

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first published: Nov 25, 2022 09:46 pm