Police confirm multiple deaths after Walmart shooting in Virginia

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Several people were killed and injured in a mass shooting Tuesday night at a Walmart in Virginia, police said.

The Chesapeake Police Department confirmed the incident to The Daily Beast at the Walmart store off Battlefield Boulevard.

At a press conference, Chesapeake public information officer Leo Kosinski said that officers received a call at 10:12 p.m. Police responded in “active shooter fashion.”

“We go in and to make a long story short, during the next 30-45 minutes we were able to find multiple fatalities and multiple injured parties,” Kosinski said.

Police said the shooter acted alone and is believed to be among the dead.

One person was found dead outside the building while the rest of the bodies were inside. Police said “officers are still on the scene and searching the building to make sure” there was only one shooter.

The shooting was over when the police arrived, the police did not fire a single shot. Police would not identify whether the victim or the shooter were employees.

A man who identified himself as Kevin Harper, a store employee at Walmart, posted a Facebook Live Tuesday night after the shooting. He was seen standing outside the shop as police cars surrounded him.

“It’s wild, though, it was the manager, one of the managers,” he said as sirens were heard behind him. Police would not confirm those details at that time.

“I saw the brain,” a woman can be heard crying in the background of the video as she asked if he was okay.

“What was going through his mind?”

In a statement, Virginia state Sen. Lewis Lucas said: “I am absolutely heartbroken that tonight was America’s latest mass shooting at a Walmart in my district in Chesapeake, Virginia. I will not rest until Until we find a solution to end this gun violence epidemic in our country that has taken so many lives.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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