The suspect in a mass shooting at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, was a long-time employee who was described by a former employee as paranoid but not violent.
In a statement on Wednesday, Walmart identified the suspect as Andre Bing, an overnight team leader who had worked for the company since 2010. Chesapeake police said Bing was 31 years old and a resident of Chesapeake.
According to the
Authorities killed at least six people and injured at least six others before killing himself in Tuesday evening’s shooting. A motive wasn’t immediately clear.
Follow us for live coverage of filming.
Shaundrayia Reese, 27, said she worked at the Chesapeake Walmart from late 2014 to 2018 and spent her four years working on Bing’s overnight stock team. She said Bing “didn’t do any social media,” and in a video she once made by her colleagues, Bing “kind of got out of his way” so as not to be in front of the camera.
“He put tape on his cell phone, on the camera. Always told us the government was watching,” said Reese, who lives in Chesapeake. “He was just funny.”
Chesapeake police said Bing was armed with a handgun and had several magazines with him. He was dead when police arrived at the scene. He was wearing “civilian clothing and was not wearing any armor or ballistic vest,” the police said in their statement.
Reese said that after the news of the shooting broke, she learned from other Walmart employees that Bing had made threats earlier.
One person “said Andre told her that if they ever released him, he would come back and kill people,” Reese said.
Nonetheless, Reese said she never saw a violent side in him.
“He was a bit off the mark. He never talked about anything that had to do with violence—always things about the government, his weight, his family. Things like that,” she said.
She added that despite its peculiarities, Bing could be helpful. She said he had given her tips on how to save money.