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Members of the FBI are investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday at the Chesapeake Walmart Supercenter on Wednesday in Chesapeake, Virginia. Six people, including the alleged shooter, died afterwards.

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Andre Bing left ‘death note’ alleging harassment: NPR

Members of the FBI are investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday at the Chesapeake Walmart Supercenter on Wednesday in Chesapeake, Virginia. Six people, including the alleged shooter, died afterwards.

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Officials in Chesapeake, Va., confirmed in a statement that the Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six co-workers inside the store on Tuesday left a note in his phone describing being harassed.

“Sorry everyone but I didn’t plan this, I promise things fell into place as if I was directed by Satan,” wrote Andre Bing in a letter titled “death note” that was stored on his phone.

“My only wish would have been to start over and have my parents pay more attention to my social deficits.”

Police also confirmed Friday that Bing used a 9mm handgun, which was purchased legally the morning of the shooting. A box of ammunition and a receipt for the weapon were discovered during a police search of his home.

The note, which authorities have redacted in several places to protect the names of specific people, describes how Bing “lost his dignity” when he believed his phone had been hacked.

“I was harassed by idiots with low intelligence and lack of wisdom,” he wrote. “Associates gave me evil smiles, laughed at me and celebrated my fall on the last day.”

Andre Bing left ‘death note’ alleging harassment: NPR

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Bing was found dead inside the rest room after what police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said he had no criminal history and was dressed in civilian clothes, without a bulletproof vest.

In a statement, Walmart said Bing had worked for the company since 2010. His position at the time of the shooting was “night shift supervisor.”

Tuesday night’s violence was the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days and the second high-profile supermarket shooting this year.

Police identified the victims as Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Randy Blevins, 70; and Fernando Chavez-Barron, 16, all from Chesapeake. Tyneka Johnson, 22, from nearby Portsmouth, was also among the dead.

A Walmart spokesperson confirmed in an email that all of the victims worked for the company.

Four other people were hospitalized during the shooting, which happened just after 10 p.m. ET. Police said there were around 50 people in the store at the time. Many were stocking up before the Thanksgiving holiday.


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