Main suspect in Walmart shooting left a note addressed to God, police say
The main suspect in the mass shooting that left six people dead at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, left a “death note” addressed to God on his phone, police said Friday.
Andre Bing, 31, said his actions were not planned, but things had fallen into place as if he were being led by Satan, in the scathing memo released by the Chesapeake Police Department on Friday. Bing added that he had failed to listen to the Holy Spirit.
In the document, Bing also said he had lost his dignity after his phone was hacked.
He signed and asked for God’s forgiveness for what he was about to do.
Police said in a statement that they found the note when “detectives conducted a forensic analysis of the suspect’s phone that was located at the scene.”
The force could not say when the note was written, and a motive in the fatal shooting was not immediately clear.
Bing, a longtime Walmart employee, opened fire on the store Tuesday, killing six people and injuring several before dying of a self-inflicted wound.
He was found dead in a break room along with two other victims, the city of Chesapeake tweeted Wednesday. Another victim was found dead near the front of the store, and the three other shooting victims were taken to local hospitals but later died from their injuries, city officials said.
“The suspect used a 9mm handgun,” police said in Friday’s statement, adding that it was “legally purchased from a local store” on Tuesday morning.
A box of ammunition “and various items with reference to the 9 mm pistol” were also found in his house, the statement said.
Two people remained in hospital, one in critical condition, while the condition of the other was improving, the statement added.
Asked by The Associated Press to comment on Bing’s memo, Walmart said in a statement: “There is nothing that can justify taking innocent lives. Our focus continues to be on the families who are grieving and supporting our employees through this difficult time.”
In a separate statement Wednesday, Walmart said Bing had been an overnight team leader who had been with the company since 2010.
Shaundrayia Reese, 27, described Bing as “weird” and said Wednesday she worked at the store from late 2014 to 2018, spending four years working with him on the overnight warehouse team.
She said Bing “didn’t do social media,” and in a video she once took of her colleagues, Bing “kind of ran out of the way” to avoid being on camera.
However, Reese said that although he was “a bit out of it”, he had not talked about violence.
A vigil for those who died in the shooting will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at City Park in Chesapeake “so we can honor the victims and grieve together,” the city of Chesapeake said in a tweet.
“Today we are focusing only on those who were injured in Tuesday’s tragic incident, but the police investigation continues,” the city said.
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