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US Shooting: Gunman Who Killed Six at Virginia Walmart Identified

    US Shooting: Gunman Who Killed Six at Virginia Walmart Identified
    Last updated: 1 week ago
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    Facts

    • The city of Chesapeake, Va., has identified the gunman who shot and killed six people at a local Walmart as Andre Bing. The city added that the 31-year-old store employee "was armed with one handgun and had multiple magazines on his person." [1]
    • There were approximately 50 people inside when Bing entered the employee break room where he shot 10 people, killing six before taking his own life. It's yet unknown if he owned the gun legally, but police say he was dressed in "civilian" clothing and was not wearing any protective gear. [2]
    • Bing and two others were found dead in the breakroom, a fourth was found dead at the front of the Walmart, and three others died at local hospitals. Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky said a SWAT team has also executed a search warrant at Bing's home. [3]
    • Walmart identified the gunman as a "team leader," with fellow employee Briana Tyler telling "Good Morning America" that "He literally just started shooting throughout the entire break room" as colleagues were gathered before starting their night shift. [4]
    • When police searched Bing's body, they found a list of names of colleagues believed to be targets of his attack. Former colleagues have described him as "weird" and said that he was paranoid about the government watching him. [2]
    • Four victims are being treated at local hospitals but their conditions are unknown. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has offered to provide additional state resources, with Pres. Joe Biden offering his condolences and saying "We must take greater action" on gun violence. [5]
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    Spin

    Right narrative

    While tragic, the idea that these shootings are very common in America is false. More Americans die from drowning every year than in mass shootings, but you don't hear about that. Politicians on the left focus on mass shootings to garner political points. More must be done to address the root causes of the violence — simply curbing the rights of law-abiding gun owners isn't the answer.

    Left narrative

    Once again, the utter lack of gun regulation has created a tragedy. No one should have to risk their lives while they shop for the holidays, but too many politicians have accepted this as a way of life. Gun violence can be reduced while also maintaining the rights of gun owners, but more must be done to ensure that guns don't fall into the wrong hands.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that there will be at least 1.38 small firearms per capita in the USA by 2029, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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