Virginia – A pair of shootings occured this week in a span of four days. Saturday morning, a right-wing domestic terrorist apparently influenced by online anti-LGBTQ rhetoric – murdered five patrons at the Q night club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A second shooting, in as few days, occured in a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia.
According to Chesapeake police spokesman, Leo Kosinski, responding officers to a 911 call discovered several people who were either wounded or hiding inside the store and were rescued due to tactical measures.
The alleged perpetrator in this particular incident was a store manager with a previously unknown background, who apparently died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“You hope a day like this never comes, but we train for it, we practice, we talk about it, and we learn lessons,” said City manager Chris Price Wednesday. “You hope that those lessons will never have to be put to use.”
A female employee interviewed by Good Morning America described how employees had gathered in the break room at the start of their shift when the manager entered with a gun and started firing.
“He literally just started shooting throughout the entire break room,” Briana Taylor said. “I watched multiple people just drop down to the floor, whether they were trying to duck for cover or they were hit… He looked directly at me, but luckily he missed my head by an inch or two. “
Another employee, Jessie Wilczewski told a local news station that she had been hiding beneath a table when the assailant pointed the gun at her and told her to get out.
President Biden said of the incident, via a statement, “Because of yet another horrific and senseless act of violence, there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving. There are now more families who know the worst kind of loss and pain imaginable.”