(CMR) At least six people were shot dead inside a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, Tuesday night after an employee opened fire in the employees' break room. The shooter, who it is believed shot himself, is dead,.
The Chesapeake Police Department responded to a report of the shooting at about 10:15 p.m. ET and immediately found evidence of the carnage, police reported.
Investigators swept the store overnight into Wednesday, searching for victims or people who may have been hiding, Chesapeake Police spokesperson Leo Kosinski told CNN. Five patients were being treated at Sentara General Hospital in nearby Norfolk, Virginia.
The shooting, which came two days ahead of Thanksgiving as customers were doing last-minute shopping, is the latest instance of how gun violence erupts in American life in places traditionally seen as safe, from schools to stores and even hospitals, CNN reported.
According to CNN, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, about 170 miles west of Chesapeake, a 22-year-old student allegedly opened fire on fellow students this month, killing three of them on a bus returning to campus from a field trip to Washington, DC.
Last weekend, a 22-year-old shot and killed five people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 19 others were injured, authorities said.