Walmart shooter left ‘dying be aware,’ purchased gun day of killing | Ap
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six co-workers in Virginia left behind what he known as a “death note” on his cellphone that apologized for what he was about to do whereas concurrently blaming others for mocking him.
“Sorry everyone but I did not plan this I promise things just fell in place like I was led by the Satan,” Andre Bing wrote on a be aware that was left on his cellphone, Chesapeake Police mentioned Friday.
Police additionally mentioned the gun, a 9 mm handgun, was legally bought on the morning of the capturing and that Bing had no legal document.
The be aware was redacted barely to remove names of particular individuals he talked about.
He claimed he was “harassed by idiots with low intelligence and a lack of wisdom” and mentioned he was pushed to the brink by a notion his cellphone was hacked.
He wrote, “My only wish would have been to start over from scratch and that my parents would have paid closer attention to my social deficit.” Bing died on the scene of an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Coworkers of Bing who survived the capturing mentioned he was tough and identified for being hostile with workers. One survivor mentioned Bing appeared to focus on individuals and fired at some victims after they had been already hit.
Jessica Wilczewski mentioned staff had been gathered in a retailer break room to start their in a single day shift late Tuesday when Bing, a staff chief, entered and opened hearth. Whereas one other witness has described Bing as capturing wildly, Wilczewski mentioned she noticed him goal sure individuals.
“The way he was acting — he was going hunting,” Wilczewski told The Associated Press on Thursday. “The way he was looking at people’s faces and the way he did what he did, he was picking people out.”
She mentioned she noticed him shoot at individuals who had been already on the bottom.
“What I do know is that he made sure who he wanted dead, was dead,” she mentioned. “He went back and shot dead bodies that were already dead. To make sure.”
Wilczewski mentioned she had solely labored on the retailer for 5 days and did not know with whom Bing acquired alongside or had issues. She mentioned being a brand new worker could have been the explanation she was spared.
She mentioned that after the capturing began, a co-worker sitting subsequent to her pulled her beneath the desk to cover. She mentioned that at one level, Bing instructed her to get out from beneath the desk. However when he noticed who she was, he instructed her, “Jessie, go home.” She mentioned she slowly acquired up after which ran out of the shop.
Former coworkers and residents of Chesapeake, a metropolis of about 250,000 individuals close to Virginia’s coast, have been struggling to make sense of the rampage.
Bing’s dying note rambles at instances by way of 11 paragraphs, with references to nontraditional most cancers therapies and songwriting. He blanches at a comparability to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, saying “I would have never killed anyone who entered my home.”
And he longs for a spouse however says he did not deserve one.
“I was actually one of the most loving people in the world if you would get to know me,” he wrote.
Some who labored with Bing, 31, mentioned he had a fame for being an aggressive, if not hostile, supervisor who as soon as admitted to having “anger issues.” However he additionally might make individuals snicker and gave the impression to be coping with the everyday stresses at work that many individuals endure.
“I don’t think he had many people to fall back on in his personal life,” mentioned Nathan Sinclair, who labored on the Walmart for almost a yr earlier than leaving earlier this month.
Throughout chats amongst coworkers, “We would be like ‘work is consuming my life.’ And (Bing) would be like, ‘Yeah, I don’t have a social life anyway,’” Sinclair recalled Thursday.
Sinclair mentioned he and Bing didn’t get alongside. Bing was identified for being “verbally hostile” to workers and wasn’t significantly well-liked, Sinclair mentioned. However there have been instances when Bing was made enjoyable of and never essentially handled pretty.
Police have recognized the victims as Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; and Randy Blevins, 70, who had been all from Chesapeake; and Tyneka Johnson, 22, of close by Portsmouth. The useless additionally included a 16-year-old boy whose title was withheld due to his age, police mentioned.
A Walmart spokesperson confirmed in an electronic mail that all the victims labored for the corporate.
Two others who had been shot remained hospitalized, police mentioned Friday. One continues to be in crucial situation, and the opposite is in honest to bettering situation.
One other Walmart worker, Briana Tyler, has mentioned Bing appeared to fireplace at random.
“He was just shooting all throughout the room. It didn’t matter who he hit,” Tyler instructed the AP Wednesday.
Six individuals additionally had been wounded within the capturing, which occurred simply after 10 p.m. as buyers had been stocking up forward of the Thanksgiving vacation. Police mentioned they consider about 50 individuals had been within the retailer on the time.
Bing was recognized as an in a single day staff chief who had been a Walmart worker since 2010. Police mentioned he had one handgun and a number of other magazines of ammunition.
Tyler mentioned the in a single day stocking staff of 15 to twenty individuals had simply gathered within the break room to go over the morning plan. One other staff chief had begun talking when Bing entered the room and opened hearth, Tyler and Wiczewski mentioned.
Tyler, who began working at Walmart two months in the past and had labored with Bing only a night time earlier, mentioned she by no means had a unfavourable encounter with him, however others instructed her he was “the manager to look out for.” She mentioned Bing had a historical past of writing up individuals for no cause.
The assault was the second main capturing in Virginia this month. Three College of Virginia soccer gamers had been fatally shot on a bus Nov. 13 as they returned from a subject journey. Two different college students had been wounded.
The Walmart capturing additionally comes days after an individual opened hearth at a homosexual nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado — killing 5 and wounding 17. Tuesday night time’s capturing introduced again recollections of one other assault at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman killed 23 at a retailer in El Paso, Texas.
Wilczewski, who survived Tuesday’s capturing in Virginia, mentioned she tried however couldn’t deliver herself to go to a memorial within the retailer’s parking zone Wednesday.
“I wrote a letter and I wanted to put it out there,” she mentioned. “I wrote to the ones I watched die. And I said that I’m sorry I wasn’t louder. I’m sorry you couldn’t feel my touch. But you weren’t alone.”
Barakat reported from Falls Church, Virginia. Related Press writers Denise Lavoie in Chesapeake and news researchers Rhonda Shafner and Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this report.