Walmart Supervisor Who Killed 6 Colleagues Was ‘Selectively’ Aiming At Humans


The Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six colleagues in Virginia took aim at people and shot at some of the victims after they had already been hit and appeared to be dead, said an eyewitness who was present when the shooting began.

Jessica Wilczewski said workers were gathered in a retail space late Tuesday to begin their night shifts when team leader Andre Bing walked in and opened fire with a handgun. 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, he picked people out.”

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.”

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.

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Police scramble to uncover a motive as former colleagues struggle to make sense of the rampage in Chesapeake, a town of about 250,000 near the Virginia coast.

Some who worked with Bing, 31, said he had a reputation for being an aggressive, if not hostile, supervisor who once admitted he had “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.

Sinclair said she and Bing didn’t get along. Sinclair said 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.

‘There’s no telling what he might think. … You never know if someone really doesn’t have a support group,” Sinclair said.

On balance, Bing seemed pretty normal to Janice Strasberg, who knew him from 13 years of working at Walmart before leaving in June.

Bing can be “grumpy” but also “calm,” she said. He made people laugh and told Strasberg that he loved to dance. When he invites her to church, she declines, but mentions that her mother had been a minister.

Strasberg thought Bing’s short temper was due to the stress that comes with any job. He also once told her he had “anger issues” and complained that he would “get the managers in trouble”.

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He never expected this.

“I think he had a mental problem,” Strausberg said Thursday. “What else could it be?”

Tuesday night’s violence in Chesapeake was the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days. By the time officers arrived at the store in the state’s second-largest city, Bing was dead. According to authorities, he apparently shot himself.

Police identified the victims as Brian Pendleton, 38; Kelly Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gambling, 43; and Randy Blevins, 70, who were all from Chesapeake; and Tyneka Johnson, 22, from nearby Portsmouth. Police said the dead included a 16-year-old boy whose name has not been released due to his age.

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

Crystal Kawabata, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s regional office in Norfolk, Virginia, confirmed that the agency was assisting police with the investigation, but forwarded all investigations to the Chesapeake Police Department, the lead investigative agency.

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.

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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.

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.




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