(CTN NEWS) – CHESAPEAKE, Va. – A manager started shooting in Walmart’s break room near midnight on Tuesday night, sending people running.
At the time, there were about 50 people in the store. Six of them died, but many made it out safely.
After killing six people, the gunman turned the gun on himself, leaving grieving families without answers. Among the six killed
- Lorenzo Gamble, 43
- Brian Pendleton, 38
- Kellie Pyle, 52
- Randy Blevins, 70
- Tyneka Johnson, 22
- The 16-year-old boy was also killed. Police have not released his name because he is a minor.
The following are some details about those who died:
Lorenzo Gamble, 43
The Washington Post reported that Gamble had worked at Walmart for 15 years as a custodian on the overnight shift.
Linda and Alonzo Gamble said he enjoyed spending time with his two sons.
Linda Gamble said, “he just kept to himself and did his job.” “He was the one in the family.”
Gamble enjoyedto his 19-year-old’s football games and cheering for the Washington Commanders.
According to her Facebook post, she is having trouble saying goodbye. She wrote, “Missing my baby right now, life isn’t the same without him.”.
Her Posts indicate the fact that she is devasted after losing her son.
Brian Pendleton, 38
Punctuality was a priority for Pendleton. He was in the break room when the shooting started just after 10 p.m., although his shift as a custodian started at 10:30 p.m.
She told The Associated Press Wednesday that he always arrived at work early to ensure he was on time. “He enjoyed working with his coworkers.”
The store had just celebrated Pendleton’s 10th anniversary.
According to his mother, he had no problems at work except with his supervisor, Andre Bing.
Johnson said, “He just didn’t like my son.”. “He said he would treat him badly.”. According to his mother, Pendleton was born with a congenital brain disorder and grew up in Chesapeake.
“He called me yesterday before he left for work,” Johnson said. “I always tell him to call me when he gets off work.”
A family friend called Johnson as she was getting ready for bed to inform her there had been a shooting at Walmart.
“Brian was a happy-go-lucky person. Brian was devoted to his family. Brian loved his friends. He loved telling jokes,” his mother said. “We’reto miss him.”
Kellie Pyle, 52
Chesapeake resident Kellie Pyle, 52,
Her family remembered Pyle as a generous and kind person who plans to marry soon.
Gwendolyn Bowe Baker Spencer said, “We love her.”. “She planned to marry my son next year.”.she was an awesome and kind person.”
In the wake of the tragedy, Pyle’s adult children in Kentucky will travel to Virginia.
A Facebook message from Pyle’s cousin William Pillar-Gibson read: “We are all devastated by the loss of such a wonderful individual. She was filled with hilarious sarcasm and love for her family. I’ve known her since birth, and I don’t know why he took her away.”
Randy Blevins, 70
According to The New York Times, Blevins was a longtime member of the store’s team that set prices and arranged merchandise.
Shaundrayia Reese, who worked at the store from 2015 to 2018, referred to Blevins as “Mr. Randy.”
The overnight crew at the store was “a family,” and employees depended on each other.
Tyneka Johnson, 22
Portsmouth resident Tyneka Johnson, 22
Johnson’s makeshift memorial was set up outside Walmart with the words “Ourare with you” and a basket of flowers.
An array of blue, white, and gold balloons was tied to a tree, along with a stark yellow line of police tape.
Walmart employee Briana Tyler described the moment the gunman opened fire.
“He started shooting in the entire break room, and I watched multiple people fall to the floor,” she recalled.
However, 24-year-old Jalon Jones survived.
A 24-year-old man, Jalon Jones, is recovering in the intensive care unitSentara Norfolk General Hospital after surviving a shooting.
Kimberly Shupe, his mother, spoke to reporters Tuesday morning. Despite the extent of his injuries, she is thankful that her son is alive and survived.
Shupe claims Jones was shot in the break room again as he ran to the front of the store for help.
Victims’ Memorial Funds
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Fund For Chesapeake Shooting Victims
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Memorial Fund For The Chesapeake Tragedy Families
Treasured Memories Community Funding is a locally owned and verified platform. Donations to their fund for the victims will be distributed evenly with a cheto each impacted family.
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