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At least seven people have been killed in a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, VA, the town’s city council reported on its Twitter account.
Among the deceased is the perpetrator of the shooting, according to the city, citing Chesapeake police as a source, which has not confirmed whether there are any injured people.
The shooter is believed to be the store manager who opened fire on other employees while they were in a break area, and then shot himself, CNN reported.
According to Chesapeake police spokesman Leo Kosinski, the incident occurred after 10 p.m. that night, when the establishment was still open to the public, and police were alerted to the incident at 22:12 local time (03:12 GMT Wednesday).
Forty emergency vehicles were dispatched to the scene, where a huge police operation was also deployed.
Walmart said it was “shocked by this tragic event” and was “working closely with law enforcement.”
The city council has announced that a press conference to report on the incident will be held at 08.00 local time.
Chesapeake, in southeastern Virginia, is a city of about 250,000 people and is part of the Virginia Beach and Norfolk metropolitan area.
The incident comes just four days after five other people were killed in an attack on an LGBT club in Colorado, in which 25 people were also injured.
That other shooting occurred at midnight Saturday at an adult venue called Club Q, which hosts drag queen performances.
The assailant, identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich, began shooting at the crowd as soon as he entered and was taken down by at least two members of the crowd, one of whom was wounded.