Walmart shooter left ‘death note’ and bought gun on day of murder

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The Walmart supervisor who fatally shot six co-workers at a store in Virginia bought the gun hours before the killings and left a note on his phone accusing co-workers of making fun of him, authorities announced on Friday.

“Sorry everyone, but I didn’t plan for this, I promise things fell into place like I was directed by Satan,” Andre Bing wrote in a note left on his phone, said Friday. the Chesapeake Police Department.

Police say the 9mm handgun used in Tuesday night’s shooting was purchased legally that morning and Bing has no criminal record. They released a copy of the note found on his phone which appeared to redact the names of specific people he had mentioned.

It was unclear when the note was written, but Bing claimed in it that he had been harassed and pushed to the brink by the perception that his phone had been hacked.

He wrote: “My only wish would have been to start over and have my parents paid more attention to my social deficits.” Bing died at the scene from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Bing’s colleagues who survived the shooting said he was difficult and known for his hostility towards employees. A survivor said Bing appeared to target people and shot some victims after they had already been hit.

Jessica Wilczewski said the workers were gathered in a store rest room to start their night shift Tuesday night when Bing, a team leader, walked in and opened fire. While another witness described Bing as shooting wildly, Wilczewski said she saw him target some people.

“The way he was acting — he was going hunting,” Wilczewski told The Associated Press on Thursday. “The way he looked at people’s faces and the way he did what he did, he selected people.”

Wilczewski said she only worked at the store for five days and that being a new employee may have been the reason she was spared.

She said she was hiding under a table after the shooting started and at some point Bing told her to get out from under the table. But when he saw who she was, he told her, “Jessie, go home.

Former colleagues and residents of Chesapeake, a city of about 250,000 near the Virginia coast, struggle to make sense of the rampage.

Bing’s death Remark sometimes runs 11 paragraphs, with references to non-traditional cancer treatments and songwriting. He says people have unfairly compared him to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and wrote, “I would never have killed anyone who walked into my house.”

And he wanted a wife but wrote that he didn’t deserve one.

Some who worked with Bing, 31, said he had a reputation as an aggressive, even hostile supervisor, who has previously admitted to having “anger issues”. But he could also make people laugh and seemed to deal with the typical stress at work that many people endure.

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

During discussions between co-workers, “we would be like ‘work consumes my life.’ And (Bing) would be like, ‘Yeah, I don’t have a social life anyway,’” Sinclair recalled Thursday.

Sinclair said he and Bing didn’t get along. Bing was known to be “verbally hostile” to employees and was not particularly liked. But Sinclair also said there were times when Bing made fun of him.

The police have identified the victims like Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Randy Blevins, 70, and Fernando Chavez-Barron, 16, all from Chesapeake; and Tyneka Johnson, 22, from nearby Portsmouth. Chavez-Barron’s name was released on Friday; he had previously been held back due to his age.

Two other people who were shot remained hospitalized, police said on Friday. One is still in critical condition, and the other is in improving condition.

Six people were injured in the shooting, which happened just after 10 p.m. as shoppers stocked up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Police said they believe around 50 people were in the store at the time.

Bing was identified as an overnight shift supervisor who had been an employee of Walmart since 2010. Police said he had a handgun and several magazines of ammunition.

Walmart employee Briana Tyler said the 15-20 person overnight stocking crew had just gathered in the break room to go over the morning plan. Another team leader had started talking when Bing entered the room and opened fire, Tyler and Wiczewski said.

The attack was the second major shooting in Virginia this month. Three University of Virginia football players were shot dead on a bus on November 13 while returning from a field trip. Two other students were injured.

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

Also on Friday, a person suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening after being shot at a Walmart in Lumberton, North Carolina, police said. Investigators described it as an isolated altercation between two people who knew each other.

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Barakat reported from Falls Church, Virginia. Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Chesapeake and Michael Kunzelman in Silver Spring, Maryland, and news researchers Rhonda Shafner and Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this report.

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