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2022 Chesapeake shooting

Coordinates: 36°46′22″N 76°14′56″W / 36.77278°N 76.24889°W / 36.77278; -76.24889 (Site of shooting)
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2022 Chesapeake shooting
Location1521 Sam's Circle, 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)
DateNovember 22, 2022 (2022-11-22)
c. 10:12 – 10:16 p.m. (ESTUTC−05:00))
Attack type
Mass shooting, murder-suicide, workplace violence, mass murder
Weapon9mm handgun
Deaths7 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorAndre Marcus Bing[1][2]
MotiveRevenge-driven attack against co-worker harassment

On November 22, 2022, Andre Marcus Bing killed six co-workers and injured four others before killing himself, in retaliation for perceived workplace harassment at the Walmart Supercenter where he worked as a night-supervisor in Chesapeake, Virginia, United States.[3][4][1][5] Bing's suicide note cited concern he was being "led by Satan" and asking forgiveness - while also mentioning cancer treatments and loneliness.[6][7]


Bing purchased the 9 mm handgun on the morning of the shooting, and practiced with shooting targets later found in his vehicle.[8][9][10][6][6]

Police responded to reports of a shooting in the store at 10:12 pm.[11] Bing shot a specific co-worker and then went to the breakroom to join an in-progress routine meeting about overnight responsibilities, but Bing interrupted and shot several others without speaking although he may have been laughing,[12][13] and then fired at least ten shots walking the aisles.[10] When he saw a co-worker hired five days earlier, he told her to run home and didn't target her.[14]

Bing was targeting specific co-workers, and would continue shooting their prone bodies to ensure they were dead.[6] 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] Six Walmart employees were killed: Randy Blevins, 70; Fernando Chavez-Barron, 16; Tyneka Johnson, 22; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Brian Pendleton, 38; and Kellie Pyle, 52.[16][17][18][19]

It took first responders 35-40 minutes to search the building. Officers discovered multiple victims in the building,[20] including one near the entrance.[3] The gunman was among the deceased, due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.[21][11] The scene was declared safe by law enforcement about an hour after the first reports at 11:20 p.m.[9]


The gunman was night-shift manager Andre Marcus Bing (May 1, 1991 – November 22, 2022).[1][2] He was a resident of Chesapeake who previously lived in Suffolk, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach as well as Queens, New York, and San Angelo, Texas. Bing started working with Walmart at the Chesapeake location twelve years earlier.[22] Bing had no criminal record.[10]

Bing's motive was characterized as revenge for perceived bullying by co-workers or a result of his failed romantic pursuits.[23] He wrote a short suicide note in which he explained how he had problems with women.[24] 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."[23] An employee at the store alleged that he was planning on killing other Walmart managers.[25] Walmart employees that had worked with Bing described him as difficult and known to be hostile to others.[6]


A joint investigation between the Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia State Police and ATF was formed, including an immediate search of Bing's home.[9][11]

Governor Glenn Youngkin said "our hearts break for the community of Chesapeake...Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities.". 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.[26] 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".[20] President Joe Biden shared his condolences and called for gun reform in the U.S.[27]

Survivors filed two $50 million lawsuits against the company via Morgan & Morgan law firm, alleging Walmart neglected safety in light of complaints of Bing's behavior.[28][29] The store has remained closed since the shooting.[30] However, Walmart has plans to reopen the store on April 19, 2023 with significant changes to its design, according to a press release. There will also be a memorial space to honor to victims and provide comfort for the survivors. [31]

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  1. ^ a b c Burchett, Caitlyn; Munro, Ian; Stone, Gavin (November 23, 2022). "Virginia Walmart shooting updates: Sources identify gunman". The Virginian-Pilot. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  2. ^ a b City of Chesapeake [@AboutChesapeake] (November 23, 2022). "We are still communicating with the victims' families and will release their information as soon as possible. We can confirm that the shooter was 31-year-old Andre Bing of Chesapeake. He was armed with one handgun and had multiple magazines on his person" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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