2022 Chesapeake shooting

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2022 Chesapeake shooting
Part of mass shootings in the United States
Location1521 Sam's Cir, Chesapeake, Virginia, U.S.
Coordinates36°46′22″N 76°14′56″W / 36.77278°N 76.24889°W / 36.77278; -76.24889 (Site of shooting)Coordinates: 36°46′22″N 76°14′56″W / 36.77278°N 76.24889°W / 36.77278; -76.24889 (Site of shooting)
DateNovember 22, 2022 (2022-11-22)
c. 10:12 – 10:16 p.m. (Eastern Time ZoneUTC−05:00))
Attack type
Mass murder, mass shooting, murder-suicide, workplace violence
Weapon9mm handgun
Deaths7 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorAndre Marcus Bing[1][2]
MotiveIncel violence, revenge-driven attack against co-worker harassment

On November 22, 2022, a mass shooting occurred at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, United States. Seven people were killed, including the gunman, and four others were injured.[3][4] The gunman was identified as 31-year-old African-American Andre Marcus Bing, a night-shift manager at the store.[1][5] The shooting was an incel shooting, based in the shooter having had been rejected by women.[6]


On the morning of the shooting, Bing purchased the 9mm handgun used in the shooting.[7][8][9] Bing was armed with the handgun and multiple magazines of ammunition.[10][7][8] Police responded to reports of a shooting in the store at 10:12 p.m. EST.[11] According to an eyewitness account, Bing "snapped" before shooting a woman, proceeding to kill employees within the break room, and then firing at least ten shots in the grocery aisles.[7]

A survivor reportedly said that she and her coworkers had gathered in the break room to start their shift when the shooting started; her manager entered the room without saying anything and indiscriminately shot at anyone he saw.[12] Another eyewitness account said the gunman was laughing as he opened fire.[13] Another witness said the gunman seemed to be targeting his victims, saying he ordered her from out of a table she was hiding under, saw her face, and told her to go home.[14] Others stated that he seemed to target specific people and shot them multiple times, even if they had already been hit and seemed dead.[9] He was carrying a paper list he'd made of names of employees he was targeting, and a similar list was found in his home.[15]

Due to the size of the store, it took first responders over 35 to 40 minutes to search the building for additional victims and/or perpetrators. Officers discovered multiple victims in the building,[16] including one near the entrance.[3] The gunman was among the deceased, due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.[17][11] The scene was declared safe by law enforcement about an hour after the first reports at 11:20 p.m.[10]


Six people were shot and killed in the shooting. All of the deceased victims were employed by Walmart.[18] They were Randy Blevins, 70;[19] Fernando Chavez-Barron, 16;[20] Lorenzo Gamble, 43;[21] Tyneka Johnson, 22;[18] Brian Pendleton, 38;[22] and Kellie Pyle, 52.[22]


The city of Chesapeake and police identified the gunman as night-shift manager Andre Marcus Bing (May 1, 1991 – November 22, 2022).[1][2][23] He was a resident of Chesapeake who previously lived in various other cities across the Hampton Roads metropolitan area including Suffolk, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach; and he also lived for a time in Queens, New York, and San Angelo, Texas. Bing started working with Walmart at the Chesapeake location twelve years earlier.[24] Bing had no criminal record.[7]

Bing's motive is known to have been related to incel violence and the shooter having had been rejected by women.[25] He wrote a short death note in which he explained how he had problems with women.[26] He wrote in his death note:

"My true intent was never to murder anyone believe it or not, I was actually one of the most loving people in the world if you got to know me. I just wanted a wife that was equally yoked as I and obsessed over the thought; however, I didn't deserve a wife."[27]

An employee at the store alleged that he was planning on killing other Walmart managers.[28][29] Walmart employees that had worked with Bing described him as difficult and known to be hostile to others.[9] In a note written on his phone, Bing claimed that he was mocked by coworkers and that his phone had been hacked. He repeatedly mentioned God and wanting forgiveness for his actions, claiming that he was "led by Satan" and wanted forgiveness for "for what I'm going to do". Also described in the note were non-traditional cancer treatments and distress over not having a wife.[8][30]


A joint investigation between the Chesapeake Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is being conducted.[11] A joint search of Bing's home near Interstate 464, located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) away from the Walmart was conducted by the Chesapeake Police and Virginia State Police shortly after the shooting before his identity was disclosed and his family notified.[10][23]


Shortly after the shooting, Walmart released a statement expressing "shock at this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store" and also indicated they were working with local law enforcement with the investigation.[31]


On the morning after the shooting, Governor Glenn Youngkin released a statement saying that "our hearts break for the community of Chesapeake...Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities." Chesapeake mayor Rick West also issued a statement the next morning offering his prayers to the families and thanks to the quick actions of first responders.[32] Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said he was sickened by the shooting.[4] Virginia state senator Louise Lucas of Virginia's 18th Senate district, which includes Chesapeake, said she was "heartbroken that America's latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district".[33] President Joe Biden shared his condolences and called for gun reform in the U.S.[34]


Employees have filed two $50 million lawsuits against the company. According to the plaintiffs, Walmart neglected its obligations to ensure staff safety, as complaints were made repeatedly to corporate management regarding the harassing and violent behaviour of the shooter during his employment. According to the statement by the law firm representing the plaintiffs (Morgan & Morgan), "as workplace shootings and violence become horrifyingly common, employers have a responsibility to understand the warning signs and take threats seriously in order to protect their employees and customers".[35][36]

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