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Police release note from Virginia Walmart shooter who says he was ‘bullied’ by co-workers – Chicago Tribune

CHESAPEAKE — A note found by police on the phone of a gunman who shot six people before killing himself Tuesday at a Walmart in Chesapeake was full of complaints about co-workers and talk that his phone had been hacked.

Police released the memo on Friday. It was found on the phone of Andre Bing, who Chesapeake police say shot and killed six people and wounded four others at a Walmart on Sam’s Circle in Chesapeake. In a note found at the crime scene, the gunman said he felt “humiliated” and “bullied” by associates in the store. He also said he believed his phone had been hacked.

The gunman ended the note by writing, “God, forgive me for what I’m about to do…”

In the note, the shooter named the persons who, in his opinion, betrayed him or “resisted”. Police have removed the names of those people from the copy released to the public.

The shooter once wrote that he overheard two people talking, and one told him that someone had “been trying to get rid of me since day one.”

The shooter said he thought some of the Walmart employees were talking about him in code and gave him an “evil grin.” The “Holy Spirit” is mentioned several times, and he also described how one person came to ask his forgiveness and she “looked into my eyes, frightened by a demonic aura.”

In the note, the shooter said his “real intent was never to kill anyone, believe it or not.” He also said he intended to spare one woman, whose name has been redacted.

His mother was also said to have died of cancer.

Police confirmed the shooter used a 9mm handgun that was legally purchased at a local store on the day of the shooting. Police also reportedly found a box of ammunition, a receipt and other documents related to the gun. The shooter had no criminal past.

Walmart confirmed that the gunman was a team leader at the store and had worked for the company since 2010.

Former and current colleagues have described a strained relationship with the shooter, with one describing him as “always negative”.

Janis Strausburg, 48, of Chesapeake, worked as a service worker at Walmart until June. She told The Virginian-Pilot that the shooter often tried to get the supervisors in trouble, though she couldn’t remember what he was going to get them in trouble for.

She also said the shooting coincided with the change. At this time, several employees met in the break room or in the hallway. According to Strausburg, the break room was also a place where employees came in and out frequently.

One of the employees, Brianna Tyler, also noted that Bing “was just looking for small things because he had authority.”

Tyler, who started working at Walmart two months ago, said the shooting happened right before a meeting with the overnight crew, about 15 to 20 people. Tyler said the shooter did not appear to be targeting anyone in particular.

“He was just shooting all over the room. It didn’t matter who he hit. He didn’t say anything. “He didn’t look at anyone in any particular way,” Tyler said.

Three victims and the shooter died on the spot. Three more victims were taken to local hospitals, where they later died of their injuries. Three more are hospitalized. Police announced Friday morning that two remain at area hospitals, one in critical condition and the other improving.

Kelsey Kendall, kelsey.kendall@virginiamedia.com


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