November 23, 2022 Walmart shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia

By Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Elise Hammond and Dakin Andone, CNN

Updated 11:20 PM ET, Wed November 23, 2022
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8:13 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

4 Walmart shooting victims are currently in Chesapeake area hospitals, police chief says

Four victims from the Virginia Walmart shooting are in area hospitals with unknown conditions, according to Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky.

"The suspect is dead from what we believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound," the chief added.

There is no risk to the public at this time, according to Solesky.

9:19 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Chesapeake police chief provides a timeline of events at the Walmart shooting that killed 6

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky briefs reporters on the Virginia Walmart shooting on Wednesday, November 23.
Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky briefs reporters on the Virginia Walmart shooting on Wednesday, November 23. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky provided a timeline for how the Virginia Walmart shooting unfolded at a news conference Wednesday.

The police dispatch center received the first call at 10:12 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Officers arrived on scene within two minutes at 10:14 p.m. and entered the store two minutes later at 10:16 p.m. They declared the scene safe by 11:20 p.m.

"We are all praying for the family," Solesky said Wednesday. "We're here for you and we'll continue to be here for you."

10:18 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Virginia state senator: "I don't want to hear any more about thoughts and prayers, I want to see some action"

From CNN's Michelle Watson

Virginia state Senator  L. Louise Lucas works at the statehouse in 2019.
Virginia state Senator L. Louise Lucas works at the statehouse in 2019. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

L. Louise Lucas, a Virginia state senator from the Chesapeake area, where six people were killed Tuesday night, told CNN Wednesday morning that she'd barely gotten any sleep because of the shooting.  

"A lot of us didn't get much sleep last night, did not rest well, and will not rest well until we get a handle on this gun violence," Collins said. "For all the people who are saying that their hearts and prayers go out to these people – I don't want to hear any more about that until they get serious about gun violence prevention," Lucas said on CNN.   

Lucas said she hopes lawmakers initiate more action to prevent gun violence and mass shootings in the future. 

"I don't want to hear any more about thoughts and prayers, I want to see some action," Lucas said. "How are we going to ever prevent these mass shootings if we don't do something to prevent this mass destruction of lives?"  

7:37 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Chesapeake mayor says he is "devastated" by Walmart shooting

Chesapeake, Virginia, Mayor Rick West said he is "devastated by the senseless act of violence" that took place at a Walmart in the city overnight.

"My prayers are with all those affected," he added.

Read the full statement here:

7:37 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin says violence has "no place in our communities"

From CNN's Michelle Watson

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has issued a statement in response to Tuesday night’s shooting, saying, “Our hearts break with the community of Chesapeake this morning.” 

"I remain in contact with law enforcement officials throughout this morning and have made available any resources as this investigation moves forward,” Youngkin said on Twitter early Wednesday. “Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities." 

7:34 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

The Walmart shooting comes amid a spate of gun violence across America

From CNN's Chris Boyette and Aya Elamroussi

Law enforcement work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, in Chesapeake, Virginia, on November 23.
Law enforcement work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, in Chesapeake, Virginia, on November 23. (Alex Brandon/AP)

The Walmart shooting comes two days ahead of Thanksgiving as customers were doing last-minute shopping, and it is yet another instance of how gun violence erupts in American life in places traditionally seen as safe, from schools to stores and even hospitals.

At the University of Virginia in Charlottesville – which is about 170 miles west of Chesapeake – a 22-year-old student allegedly opened fire on fellow students this month, killing three of them on a bus returning to campus from a field trip to Washington, DC.

Last weekend, a 22-year-old shot and killed five people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 19 others were injured, authorities said.

Tuesday’s shooting happened as the US has recorded more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The archive and CNN tally a mass shooting as one involving at least four killed or injured, not including the shooter.

7:30 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Mother in shock after surviving shooting

From CNN's Chris Boyette and Aya Elamroussi

Joetta Jeffery told CNN her mother, Betsy Umphlett, sent her texts from inside the store during a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, alerting her that someone had opened fire.

“I’m crying, I’m shaking,” Jeffery told CNN. “I had just talked to her about buying turkeys for Thanksgiving, then this text came in.”

Jeffery said her mother is uninjured but in shock, and they’ve been reunited.

Chesapeake city officials have asked people to stay away from the store during the investigation.

“Our first responders are well-trained and prepared to respond; please give them space to do so,” the city said in a tweet.

A reunification center was set up at the Chesapeake Conference Center, city officials said. They are asking that only immediate family and emergency contacts for people who were in the store go to the center.

In a statement, Walmart said it’s shocked at the tragedy that unfolded in one of its stores.

“We’re praying for those impacted, the community and our associates. We’re working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates,” the company said in the statement.

The Washington, DC, field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is assisting local police in the investigation, the bureau said on Twitter.

7:30 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Officials will share updates in a presser at 8 a.m. ET

From CNN's Chris Boyette and Aya Elamroussi

A news conference was scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Chesapeake city officials said on Twitter.

Five patients were being treated at Sentara General Hospital in nearby Norfolk, Virginia, a spokesperson for Sentara Healthcare told CNN affiliate WTKR. An update on their conditions was not immediately available.

7:31 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Walmart released a statement on fatal Chesapeake store shooting: "We are shocked at this tragic event"

From CNN’s Amanda Jackson

 

Walmart has released a statement on the shooting at their store in Chesapeake, Virginia, where police say there was multiple fatalities and injuries.

“We are shocked at this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store. We’re praying for those impacted, the community and our associates. We’re working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates,” the statement said.