Some says he is a loner. Others say he can be rude and unresponsive.
Police revealed that on Andre Bing’s cell phone, they found what he described as a “death note”, in which he complained about his change in employment status, and what he called other staff’s harassment of him about it. On the note were names that the authorities had disguised, suggesting they were the ones he was planning to attack.
“They laugh at me and say I look like Jeffrey Dahmer,” he wrote, referring to the cannibal serial killer.
“I will never kill anyone who will enter my house.”
As America marks Thanksgiving Day, police in Chesapeake, Virginia, are looking for clues about a mass shooting as a Walmart store, an incident whose horror has reverberated across the country, a shocking mass shooting taking place in the most ordinary of places.
In Nantucket, Massachusetts, vacationing Joe Biden was questioned about the incident and he vowed to take action to control the sale of semi-automatic weapons.
“The idea that we don’t enforce red flag laws… is ridiculous,” he said. “The idea that we are still allowing the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is a terrible thing. Just sick. There is no, no social redemption value. Zero. There isn’t any. There’s no reason for that except profit for the arms manufacturers.”
The Walmart incident – actually carried out with a gun – is the second in just over a week that Virginia has experienced. Three University of Virginia football players were shot dead on a bus as they were returning to campus from a field trip on Nov. 13.
Meanwhile, the shooting came days after someone opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and wounding 17.
After Tuesday night’s killings in the staff area, tribute was paid to the victims – six people were killed, along with several others injured, some seriously. Bing also took his own life.
There were about 50 people in the grocery store at the time, police said.
The dead were identified as Randy Blevins, 70, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, Tyneka Johnson, 22, Brian Pendleton, 38, Kellie Pyle, 52, and a 16-year-old boy, who was not named because he was a minor.
As authorities in Chesapeake, and in the state of Virginia, pay tribute to the victims of the shooter, police are still trying to piece together full details of what happened – and what caused 31-year-old Bing to shoot his associates. , and anyone else around the staff room.
Briana Tyler, 28, was one of the employees in the staff room who stood up in shock after seeing Bing in the doorway with his gun.
“Everyone was just waiting to find out where they were going that night and then all of a sudden you hear ‘pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa,'” Tyler told CNN.
He said he did not speak or point the gun at anyone in particular. “He just had a blank look on his face, and he literally just looked around the room and fired and there was a person that fell to the floor.”
He added: “The two visions I will never forget are the vision of him firing the gun and the smoke going away. I saw smoke coming from the barrel of the gun and my friend was bleeding from his neck.”
The Walmart attack left several people dead and others injured
Jessie Wilczewski, a Walmart employee on her fifth day on the job, was in the break room with about 14 other employees and their managers learning about their duties the day the gunman started shooting “from left to right,” she told local news station WAVY-TV.
He said he hid under the table. Afterwards, he said the gunman looked him in the eye and told him: “Jessie, come home.”
“It didn’t even look real until you could feel the gun go off – pow pow pow – you could feel it,” said Wilczewski. “At first I couldn’t hear it because I thought it was really loud, I could feel it.”
A different staff member said Bing was someone who could act strange.
A former employee who worked under him but left the shop six months ago, said: “I never saw this coming, not from a million miles. He’s always been a little eccentric, a little hyper, but pretty laid back, carefree. Sometimes he’s a bit difficult to get along with, some colleagues don’t like him. But I don’t think they bullied him.
The man told WAVY-TV that he didn’t think Bing was suffering from any particular anger issues. However, there may be some problems.
“I mean, from what I’ve seen, he’s a nice guy, but I’ve heard that he has problems, and they try to talk him through his problems,” he said.
Bing lives in the Eva Gardens area of Chesapeake, Virginia’s second largest city, and is often seen driving a small green Ford Focus.
“I’ve seen him in passing, he drives a little green Ford Focus,” Vera McDuffy, who has lived next door to Bing for two years, told the channel. He said he heard the police scream, “A search warrant! A search warrant!” as they busted down her door after Tuesday’s incident.
Reports said police had not found any additional weapons or ammunition supplies. Police said Bing, who had been employed by WalMart since 2010 and always worked as an overnight manager, had one revolver and several magazines of ammunition. He was not wearing military clothing or a tactical vest, police said.
A number of staff have described Bing as someone who can act a bit eccentric, though nothing to make anyone anticipate what happened on Tuesday.
Shaundrayia Reese, 27, told NBC News she had worked at the store from 2014 to 2018, working on the overnight restock team with Bing.
He says he doesn’t “do social media” and in a video he once took of a co-worker, Bing “steps aside” to avoid being filmed.
“He put tape on his phone, on the camera. Always telling us the government is watching,” said Reese, who lives in Chesapeake. “He’s weird.”
In notes found on his phone, Bing claimed his “intentions were never to kill” but said he had acted after the device was allegedly hacked.
“I only did it when I realized my phone was hacked and it gave me the worst feeling imaginable,” he said.
The record begins. “Sorry God, I have let you down, this is not your fault but mine.”
Police said they responded to a 911 call at around 10.12pm on Tuesday evening, after reports of an active shooter inside the store.
The first officer arrived on the scene within two minutes, at around 10:14 p.m. and the officer entered the store at around 10:16 p.m.
“As soon as they entered, the officers started looking for and evacuating the occupants in the shop. Officers found several injured and deceased people during their search,” the department said in a statement.
“At least six injured people were taken to a local hospital for further treatment. There were a total of seven fatalities. Three people, including the shooter, were found dead in the shop break room. One victim was found dead near the front of the shop. Three other victims were transported to a local hospital for further treatment, but succumbed to their injuries.”
Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said they were continuing to look for leads, but there was no clear motive for the incident, which also left four people in hospital.
An employee who survived the tantrum, Donya Prioleau, told CNN that Bing had “said a lot of disturbing things” but no one expected these deadly events to unfold when they showed up for work Tuesday.
“We don’t know what made him do this,” he said. “None of us can understand why it happened.”