Walmart shooter leaves ‘death note’, buys Day of Killing gun


Chesapeake, Va. (AP) — The Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six colleagues in Virginia wrote an “obituary” accusing others of mocking him, and police said Friday that he bought the gun the day of the shooting.

Andre Bing wrote in a note on her phone, “Sorry everyone, but I didn’t plan it, I promise it turned out like I was led by the devil.”

Police said the gun, a 9mm handgun, was bought legally and Bing had no criminal record.

The note has been slightly edited to remove the names of the specific people he mentioned.

She claimed she was harassed and said she was pushed into thinking her phone had been hacked.

He wrote, “My only wish would have been to start all over again and for my parents to pay more attention to my social shortcomings.” Bing died on the spot.

Colleagues of Bing, who survived the shot, said he was difficult and known to be hostile to employees. A survivor said Bing appeared to be targeting people and fired at some of the victims after already hitting them.

Jessica Wilczewski said workers were gathered in a retail space late Tuesday to begin their night shifts when Bing, a team leader, walked in and opened fire. While another witness described Bing as shooting wildly, Wilczewski said she saw him take aim at a few people.

“The way he acted — he went hunting,” Wilczewski told The Associated Press on Thursday. “The way he looked at people’s faces and the way he did it drove people crazy.”

He said he saw him shooting at people already on the ground.

“What I do know is that he made sure everyone he wanted to die died,” she said. “He went back and shot the corpses that were already dead. To be sure.”

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Wilczewski said she had only worked at the store for five days and didn’t know who Bing was with or if he was in trouble. She said that being a new employee may have spared her.

She said that after the shooting started, a colleague sitting next to her pulled her under a table to hide. She said that at one point Bing asked her to come out from under the table. But when she saw who he was, he told her, “Jesse, go home.” She said she got up slowly and then ran out of the store.

Former employees and residents of Chesapeake, a city of about 250,000 near the Virginia coast, are struggling to make sense of the frenzy.

death of bing Remark References to non-traditional cancer treatment and songwriting, 11 rotates through the paragraphs several times. He says people unfairly compared him to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, writing, “I would never have killed someone who entered my house.”

And he longs for a wife, but says he didn’t deserve it.

Some who worked with Bing, 31, said he had a reputation for being an aggressive, if not hostile, supervisor who once admitted to having “anger issues.” But he could also make people laugh and seemed to deal with the normal work stress that many people go through.

“I don’t think he had a lot of people to lean on in his personal life,” said Nathan Sinclair, who worked at Walmart earlier this month.

During chats between colleagues, “we were like, ‘Work is eating my life.’ And (Bing) would be like, ‘Yeah, I don’t have a social life anyway,'” Sinclair recalled Thursday.

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Sinclair said she and Bing didn’t get along. Bing was known to be “verbally hostile” to employees and was not particularly well liked. But Bing was sometimes mocked and not necessarily treated fairly.

Police identified the victims as Brian Pendleton, 38; Kelly Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gambling, 43; Randy Blevins, 70, and Fernando Chavez-Barron, 16, who were all from Chesapeake; and Tyneka Johnson, 22, from nearby Portsmouth. Chávez-Barron’s name was released Friday; Due to its age, it has been put on hold before.

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

Police said on Friday that two other people who were shot have been hospitalized. The condition of one remains critical, while the condition of the other improves.

Another Walmart employee, Brianna Tyler, has said that Bing appeared to fire randomly.

“He just darted across the room. It didn’t matter who he hit,” Tyler told the AP on Wednesday.

Six people were also injured in the shooting, which occurred just after 10 p.m. as shoppers approached Thanksgiving. According to police, there were about 50 people in the store at the time.

Bing was identified as the team leader overnight, having worked at Walmart since 2010. Police said he was carrying a pistol and several magazines of ammunition.

Tyler said a night shift of 15 to 20 people gathered in the break room to work on the morning plan. Tyler and Wiczewski said another squad leader started talking when Bing entered the room and opened fire.

Tyler, who started working at Walmart two months ago and had worked with Bing the night before, said she never had a negative encounter with him, but others told her to “watch out.” was the administrator”. He said Bing has a history of texting people for no reason.

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It was Virginia’s second major shooting this month. Three University of Virginia football players were fatally shot on November 13 on a bus as they returned from a field trip. Two other students were injured.

The Walmart shooting comes days after a man opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado — killing five and injuring 17. Tuesday night’s shooting brought back memories of another attack on Walmart in 2019, when a gunman killed 23 people at a store. in El Paso, Texas.

Wilzewski, who narrowly escaped Tuesday’s shooting in Virginia, said she tried but was unable to visit the memorial in the store’s parking lot on Wednesday.

“I wrote a letter and I wanted to put it there,” she said. “I wrote to those I saw die. And I said I’m sorry I wasn’t louder. I’m sorry you couldn’t feel my touch. But you weren’t alone.


Barkat reported from Falls Church, Virginia. Associated Press writer Denise Lavoie in Chesapeake and news researchers Rhonda Schaffner and Randy Hershaft in New York contributed to this report.

Ben Finley and Matthew Barkat, The Associated Press




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