‘Multiple fatalities’ as gunman opens fire at Walmart store in Chesapeake

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A gunman has opened fire on a Walmart[1] department store in Chesapeake[2], Virginia[3], with police saying there are "multiple fatalities" as well as wounded people at the scene. The local police believe the suspect -- a lone shooter -- is dead.

Police are still combing the scene but believe the number of people killed is "less than 10", a police spokesperson told reporters gathered outside the store. More than 40 emergency vehicles were rushed to the Walmart outlet on Battlefield Boulevard after a 911 call was made at 10.12 pm local time on Tuesday. Chesapeake Police Department spokesperson Leo Kosinski said when the police responded to the scene, they realised that it was an active shooting situation and changed their tactics accordingly.

"Over the course of next 30-40 minutes, we were able to find multiple fatalities and multiple injured parties." Virginia state senator Louise Lucas in a tweet late on Tuesday said she was "absolutely heartbroken" that America's latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in her district of Chesapeake. She added: "I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country that has taken so many lives."

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References

  1. ^ Walmart (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chesapeake (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ Virginia (www.independent.co.uk)