(Washington) The alleged perpetrator of the shooting that killed six Tuesday night at a Walmart supermarket in the eastern United States was an employee who then committed suicide at the scene, police said Wednesday morning.
“The suspect died of what we believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky, in the state of Virginia, told a news conference. place of the killing at the motive for the moment unknown.
The shots, carried out using a pistol, also injured four people, hospitalized in nearby hospitals, and whose condition is unknown.
This drama took place as the United States prepares to celebrate the great family holiday of Thanksgiving. And four days earlier, a shooting in Colorado Springs, Colorado (center), left five dead and at least 18 injured at an LGBTQ+ club. The club commemorated that evening the Transgender Day of Remembrance, dedicated to the victims of transphobic violence and celebrated internationally.
And ten days earlier, already in Virginia, three members of the University of Virginia (UVA) American football team had been killed by a former teammate after returning from a bus excursion during which they had attended a play.
The investigation, Wednesday morning in Chesapeake, is just getting started, said Mark Solesky, the police still analyzing the crime scene with the help of the federal police, the FBI.
The police received a first emergency call at 10:12 p.m. and the first police officers entered the Walmart supermarket in this city, 240 km south of the capital Washington, four minutes later, said Mr. Solesky.
The situation was declared safe at 11:20 p.m. after a thorough examination of the store.
The store, still open at that time, was packed with customers ahead of the big Thanksgiving family celebration, according to local media.
“We are shocked by this tragic event,” tweeted Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, on Wednesday.
” No rest ”
“We mourn with the community of Chesapeake this morning,” Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said on Twitter.
Virginia Senate representative Louise Lucas said on Twitter that she will “find no rest until we find solutions to end this endemic gun violence that has stolen so many lives in our lives. country “.
The phenomenon of employee shootings in the workplace is not new to the United States. From the 1970s to the 1990s, employees or former employees had killed around 40 people in a series of attacks on postal services, so much so that Americans invented the formula “going postal” to describe the violence in the workplace.
The United States is a regular scene of mass killings and other gun violence. According to the Gun Violence Archive website, more than 600 mass shootings (at least four people killed or injured) have taken place since the beginning of the current year.
However, the issue of tightening the legal framework around firearms remains politically ultra-sensitive and Congress is unable to reach an agreement in this area.