The prime suspect within the mass taking pictures that left six individuals lifeless at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, left a “loss of life word” addressed to God on his cellphone, police mentioned Friday.
Andre Bing, 31, mentioned that his actions weren’t deliberate, however issues had fallen into place like he was being led by Devil, within the rambling word that was launched by the Chesapeake Police Division on Friday. Bing added that he had did not hearken to the Holy Spirit.
Within the doc, Bing additionally mentioned that he had misplaced his dignity after his cellphone was hacked.
Signing off, he requested for God’s forgiveness for what he was about to do.
Police mentioned in an announcement that they discovered the word when “detectives carried out a forensic evaluation of the suspect’s cellphone which was positioned on the scene.”
The power couldn’t say when the word was written and a motive within the lethal taking pictures was not instantly clear.
Bing, a longtime Walmart worker, opened hearth on the retailer on Tuesday, killing six individuals and injuring a number of others earlier than dying of a self-inflicted wound.
He was discovered lifeless in a break room with two different fatalities, the town of Chesapeake tweeted Wednesday. One other sufferer was discovered lifeless close to the entrance of the shop and the three different taking pictures victims have been rushed to native hospitals however died later from their accidents, metropolis officers mentioned.
“The suspect used a 9mm handgun,” police mentioned in Friday’s assertion, including that it was “legally bought from an area retailer” on Tuesday morning.
A field of ammunition “and numerous gadgets in reference to the 9mm handgun,” have been additionally discovered at his home, the assertion mentioned.
Two individuals remained in hospital, one in vital situation, whereas the opposite’s situation was enhancing, the assertion added.
Requested by the Related Press to touch upon Bing’s word, Walmart mentioned in an announcement: “There’s nothing that may justify taking harmless lives. Our focus continues to be on the households who’re grieving and supporting our associates by way of this tough time.”
In a separate assertion Wednesday, Walmart mentioned Bing had been an in a single day staff chief who had been with the corporate since 2010.
Describing Bing as “bizarre,” Shaundrayia Reese, 27, additionally mentioned Wednesday that she labored on the retailer from late 2014 to 2018, spending her 4 years engaged on the in a single day inventory staff with him.
She mentioned Bing “didn’t do social media” and in a video she had as soon as taken of her co-workers, Bing “type of jumped out of the way in which” to keep away from being on digicam.
Nonetheless, Reese added that whereas he “was a little bit off,” he had not talked about violence.
A vigil for the victims of the taking pictures might be held on Monday at 6 p.m. at Metropolis Park in Chesapeake “in order that we are able to honor the victims and grieve collectively,” the town of Chesapeake mentioned in a tweet.
“At this time we’re targeted solely of these harm by Tuesday’s tragic occasion, however the police investigation continues,” the town mentioned.