Virginia heartbreak: Chesapeake Walmart marks state’s third mass shooting in 2 weeks

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Seven people, including the suspect, are now dead after a mass shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart Tuesday night. The tragic event marks the third Virginia mass shooting within two weeks.

According to witnesses, there were 14 employees inside the building in a meeting room waiting to learn their duties for the day when the shooting began. Witnesses claim the shooting suspect was a store manager. Police have confirmed the suspect was a male Walmart employee and died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police confirmed the suspect wielded a pistol during the shooting. In addition to the six people the suspect shot and killed, four additional victims are being treated for injuries at the hospital as of 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Police expect the Walmart to be “closed for some time” as the crime scene is processed.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, five University of Virginia students were shot, three killed, while on a charter bus headed back to campus from a school field trip. The three killed, Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry, were University football players. The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was taken into custody in Henrico County after a 12-hour manhunt.

Early morning on Friday, Nov. 18, a mother and her three children were found shot to death inside their Chesterfield home. The victims were 39-year-old JoAnna M. Cottle, 13-year-old Kaelyn M. Parson, 4-year-old Kinsey M. Cottle and 4-year-old Jayson L. Cottle. Police identified the suspect as 35-year-old Jonah L. Adams. Adams was previously in a relationship with JoAnna Cottle and is the father of Kinsey and Jayson Cottle, according to police.

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