On Monday, I wrote that it’s never a good day when I have to start by talking about a mass shooting somewhere in the world and that day wasn’t going to be a good day.
Well, today ain’t either.
It seems that Tuesday night, there was a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia that left at least six people dead.
At least six people were killed in a mass shooting Tuesday night inside a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, and the shooter is also dead, city officials said early Wednesday.
Police earlier said there were multiple fatalities and injuries.
Officers responded to the store less than an hour before closing around 10:12 p.m. and found the victims and evidence of a shooting, Chesapeake Police public information officer Leo Kosinski told CNN.
Five patients were being treated at Sentara General Hospital in nearby Norfolk, Virginia, a spokesperson for Sentara Healthcare told CNN affiliate WTKR. An update on their conditions was not immediately available.
“We’re just a couple hours past the initial incident, so everything is very fluid, very new right now,” Kosinski said earlier. A news conference was scheduled for 8 a.m. ET Wednesday, the city of Chesapeake said on Twitter.
Investigators believe the shooter was an employee or former employee of the store who opened fire on other employees in a break room, a law enforcement source tells CNN.
It also appears that unlike the University of Virginia or Colorado Springs, there won’t be an opportunity to try and get answers. The gunman reportedly turned the gun on himself.
Of course, as noted above, the situation tends to be a little fluid in the immediate aftermath.
For example, there are reports that seven people were killed and that the shooter may have been a manager at the store. So expect to hear somewhat contradictory reports throughout the day.
It should be noted, however, since this has been a major topic of debate this week, that Virginia has a red flag law already on the books.
Despite that, this is the second mass shooting in Virginia in recent weeks.
But that’s just about all we know right now, and that’s the truly frustrating part. Especially since I fully expect President Biden to once again call for an assault weapon ban–despite the fact that based on what we do know, an “assault weapon” wasn’t likely used–and others to call for their pet gun control policies.
They don’t actually care about what transpired. They don’t seem to shed a tear for the loss of life. They just want to use the bodies of the slain as a soapbox.
Instead, they should at least wait until we have some kind of facts. Did the shooter lawfully possess the weapon or did he obtain it illegally? What kind of gun was it? What was his own criminal history/history of violence like?
With so many unanswered questions, it’s impossible to even fully discuss what happened.
What we will do here, though, is monitor the situation and provide information and a reasonable discussion of policies based on what we learn.
If only everyone did that.