A Walmart employee killed six people before turning the gun on himself in the country’s second mass shooting in four days, police said on Wednesday.
Following the Tuesday night rampage in Chesapeake, Virginia, four more people remained hospitalized in unknown condition, according to police chief Mark Solesky.
Solesky said at a news conference that the gunman died of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” and that the motive for the country’s latest deadly outbreak of gun violence was unknown.
President Joe Biden condemned the attack as “yet another horrific and senseless act,” lamenting the fact that “there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving.”
He also said: “There are now more families who know the worst kind of loss and pain imaginable.”
The attack two days before Thanksgiving, which is celebrated this year on November 24, came on the heels of a weekend gun attack at a Colorado LGBTQ club that killed five people.
It was also the second mass shooting in Virginia this month: three University of Virginia football players were killed by a classmate after a field trip on November 13.
While the store was still open, emergency calls began shortly after 10:00 p.m. local time.
Officers arrived in less than two minutes and entered the Walmart two minutes later, according to Solesky.
The gunman allegedly opened fire in a room where employees take their lunch breaks, but the police chief said he couldn’t confirm this.
Following that, news footage showed a large police presence surrounding the Walmart, which is located about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Washington, DC.