A gunman kills 6 people at a Walmart store in Virginia, USA

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A police official confirmed that a number of people had been killed.

Six people have been killed in a shooting at a Walmart supermarket in Chesapeake, Virginia, the US municipality said Wednesday, noting that the suspected shooter was also killed.

“Chesapeake Police confirm seven victims, including shooter, from last night’s shooting at Walmart on Sam’s Circle,” she wrote in a tweet.

The gunman, believed to be the manager of the store, shot some of its employees and then killed himself.

Details are still few, but a police officer spoke of dead and several injured, while the motive for the crime is still unknown.

Police told reporters that the attack took place at 22:12 local time, and that the suspect acted alone.

Wal-Mart said it was “shocked by this tragic event” and was “working closely with the police”.

A further statement from police in Chesapeake is expected to reveal more information later Wednesday morning.

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He believes the store manager was the one who shot and then killed himself.

Pictures on social media showed a heavy police presence at the scene, and footage posted online showed an eyewitness – dressed as a Walmart – describing what happened.

The witness said he left a staff room, then the manager entered and fired.

The man added, “Unfortunately, we lost some of our colleagues,” explaining that he did not know how many of his colleagues were killed.

The local station “Wafi TV” quoted a spokesman for the hospital, “Sentara Norfolk” as saying that five people are receiving treatment there.

One woman told the station that her brother, a 20-year-old store employee, was shot just 10 minutes after entering his workplace, but managed to reassure his relatives via text messages.

A woman named Gwetta Jeffrey told CNN that her mother was inside the building when the attack occurred and was able to send text messages to reassure her family.

She added that her mother was unharmed but was in a state of shock.

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Mark Warner, the Democratic governor of Virginia, tweeted that he was “disgusted by reports of another mass shooting.”

Added Senator from Virginia L. Louise Lucas, also a Democrat, said her “heart is broken.”

“I will not rest until we find solutions to end the epidemic of gun violence in our country,” she wrote on Twitter.

Tuesday night’s attack comes just days after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in the US state of Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17 others.

A mass shooting at a Wal-Mart store in El Paso, Texas, in 2019 killed 23 people.

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