Washington| The gunman who shot and killed six people at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, had a legally purchased handgun. Police gave this information. The attacker, identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, died late Tuesday before police could retaliate.
Police said Friday that Bing, who had allegedly worked as an overnight shift lead at a Chesapeake supermarket since 2010, used a 9mm handgun legally purchased from a local store.
He had no criminal history prior to the incident, which left six people dead and four injured. Investigators conducted a forensic analysis of the shooter’s phone, a ‘death note’ was found on the device.
Chesapeake tweeted Thursday that two people were still in hospital with injuries, one in critical condition and the other in stable condition. This Thanksgiving, we are extra grateful for our community and we are thinking of each and every victim of the Walmart shooting and their family members. An event was held Monday evening at City Park in Chesapeake to express sympathy for the victims of the shooting.
The Walmart massacre was preceded by a deadly mass shooting at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that killed five people and injured 19 others. A gunman entered the club and opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle before being taken into custody.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call to ban assault weapons. I’m trying to get rid of assault weapons, Biden told reporters during a tour of firefighters in Nantucket, Massachusetts. I’m tired of these firings. We should have much stricter gun laws.
However, the prospect of passing an arms embargo through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been more than 600 mass shootings in the US so far this year. Last year, the country saw a staggering number of 690 mass shootings, up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019.