United States: The perpetrator of the shooting in Virginia was a Walmart employee

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AA / Washington

US police revealed on Wednesday that the gunman who killed six people at a Walmart supermarket in Virginia, US, was an employee of the same store chain.

“The shooter sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound after attacking several people,” Chesapeake City Police Chief Mark Soleski said at a news conference, noting that police are continuing to investigate. to investigate the Walmart shooting.

In this context, Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas expressed her sadness that the latest shooting in the United States took place at a Wal-Mart store in her territory.

“I will not rest until we find solutions to end the gun violence that has claimed so many lives in this country,” he wrote on Twitter.

Earlier today, Chesapeake police said that at least ten people were killed and several others were injured in a shooting at a Walmart supermarket on Tuesday evening, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Chesapeake is located in the Hampton Roads area of ​​Southern Virginia.

Police added in press statements that the attack was carried out by a person who killed himself after attacking a group of people.

In the same context, police spokesman Leo Kosinski explained that the shooting stopped as soon as the police arrived at the scene. According to the same source, the attack took place at 22:12 (03:12 GMT).

For its part, the chain of stores “Walmart” expressed its shock and confirmed in statements published by the American media that it cooperated closely with the police during the investigation of this “tragic incident”.

According to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, there have been at least 662 mass shootings in the United States this year.

President Joe Biden has called on Congress to change the country’s gun laws to save lives, but no concrete action has been taken.

*Translated from Arabic by Malek Jomni

Source: AA

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