At least seven people, including the suspect, were killed at the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, as people were shopping for last-minute Thanksgiving items. The shooting also came days before Black Friday, when shoppers traditionally head to retailers such as Walmart to buy holiday gifts at bargain prices.
CNBC has reached out to Walmart for a comment on the shooting and the investigation, as well as about any security concerns ahead of Black Friday.
Walmart, in a Twitter post early Wednesday morning, said it was “shocked” over the shooting. “We’re praying for those impacted, the community and our associates,” the company said. “We’re working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates.”
In June, Walmart said it added a class to its store manager training program that focuses on spotting employees and customers who may need an intervention for mental health issues.
A local hospital was treating other victims, NBC News reported. It wasn’t immediately clear how the shooter died.
The Walmart massacre came days after a deadly mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in which five people were killed.