Biden calls for ‘major action’ on gun control after Walmart suspect used pistol to kill 6

President Biden called for “major action” on gun control in a statement released Wednesday morning after police said a Virginia Walmart store employee used a pistol to kill six people and injure four others.

“Jill and I mourn the families, the community of Chesapeake and the Commonwealth of Virginia who were victims of the horrific shooting at the University of Virginia this month,” Biden said. “We also mourn for all those across America who have lost loved ones in these tragic shootings, which we must come together as a nation to stand against.”

“This year, I signed the most important gun reform in a generation, but it’s not nearly enough,” the president continued. “We must take greater action.”

Police said the mass shooting at the store in Chesapeake, Virginia, was triggered by a store employee. Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Soleski told reporters Wednesday morning that the male employee used a handgun in the attack and died of shooting himself.

Walmart employee kills 6 with pistol in Chesapeake, Virginia, police say

In this picture from video, police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart on Tuesday night, Nov. 22, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va.  (WAVY-TV 10 Via AP)

In this picture from video, police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart on Tuesday night, Nov. 22, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. (WAVY-TV 10 Via AP)
(via WAVY-TV 10 AP)

The condition of four other people who were admitted to the hospital was not immediately known.

The employee has not been identified as police say they have not yet contacted his next of kin. Prior to the shooting, officials say he was not familiar with law enforcement.

Police said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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The incident is the latest fatal shooting to emerge in the weeks before Thanksgiving.

On November 13, three football players were killed and two others were injured in an on-campus shooting at the University of Virginia.

Five people were killed and 17 were injured in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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