In Chesapeake, Va., details are emerging about the six people who police sayat a Walmart supercenter Tuesday night.
The oldest person who died was 70 years old, the youngest was only 16 years old.
“This pain you can’t even describe,” said Sonya, the aunt of 22-year-old victim Tyneka Johnson.
It is a pain that is all too familiar to the families bereaved by the latest mass shooting in the United States.
“How do you know you’re going out to work and not coming home?” Sonya said.
All six people killed in the shooting were Walmart employees. In addition to Johnson, Randall Blevins, 70, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, Brian Pendleton, 38, Kellie Pyle, 52, and an unidentified 16-year-old were shot dead.
Police said the shooter was Andre Bing, 31, firing the first shots in the break room around 10 p.m. Bing worked as a night shift leader and had been employed.since he was a teenager.
“It was by the grace of God that a bullet missed me,” said Walmart employee Briana Tyler. “I literally watched bodies fall.”
The shooter was armed with a handgun and extra cartridges – injuring at least six other people before turning the gun on himself. Chesapeake City tweeted Thursday evening that two of the injured remain hospitalized, one in critical condition, and the other in fair condition.
Bing’s motive is unknown.
The tragedy comes as the state still grapples with the murders of three University of Virginia football players – who were allegedly shot by a former teammate just 10 days earlier.
Governor Glenn Youngkin acknowledged the concern over back-to-back massacres in the Commonwealth.
“We will have time to react. But today and in the coming days, it is time to support those who need us most,” Youngkin said.