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Walmart Gunman bought a gun to kill co-workers and left a ‘death note’


The Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six of his co-workers at a Chesapeake, Va. store on Tuesday night bought a gun just hours before the massacre and left a note on his phone describing how he planned to target some colleagues and spare others, according to new details released Friday by Chesapeake police.

As friends and loved ones of the victims mourned, with a candlelight vigil planned by the city on Monday, the new details provided the first indication of what led to the eruption of workplace violence, which took place as that members of what was described as a close-knitting team overnight met in a Walmart break room.

Police say a scan of a phone belonging to the shooter, identified as Andre Bing, 31, revealed the message, in which he said store workers laughed at him and told him off. compared to a serial killer. In what he called a “death note,” the gunman said he would not kill an employee with cancer because his mother had died of the disease.

“God, forgive me for what I’m about to do…” the note ended, according to footage shared by Chesapeake City officials on Twitter. Officials did not say when the note was written.

It also indicated the ease with which the shooter had purchased the pistol used in the murder, a 9mm handgun. “The weapon was purchased legally from a local store on Tuesday morning,” the city said in a statement. “He had no criminal history.”

According to a witness, the shooter opened fire around 10 p.m. without warning after entering the break room. The victims included several employees who had worked with him for years – Randall Blevins, Lorenzo Gamble and Brian Pendleton – and others who had joined the staff more recently, Kellie Pyle and Tyneka Johnson. One of the victims was a 16-year-old boy whose name has not been released.

nytimes

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