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Multiple Fatalities, Injuries Reported in Active Shooting in Virginia Walmart

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Police in Chesapeake, Virginia responded to an active shooting situation at a Walmart that has left multiple fatalities and injuries, local police said Tuesday night.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Walmart on Sam’s Circle around 10:15 p.m. and as soon as they arrived they found evidence of a shooting, Chesapeake police spokesman Leo Kosinski said in a news conference.

Kosinski said they believe that less than 10 people have died. The single shooter is also dead. Kosinski added the injured were rushed to multiple area hospitals.

Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Sentara Healthcare, told NBC affiliate WAVY-TV that five patients are being treated at Norfolk General Hospital, the area’s top trauma center. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.

Authorities said the Walmart was open to the public at the time.

Following the shooting, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) tweeted on Wednesday morning, that he is “sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake.” State Sen. Louise Lucas echoed Warner’s sentiment tweeting that she was “absolutely heartbroken that America’s latest mass shooting took place in a Walmart in my district.”

Walmart’s official Twitter account also posted a statement Wednesday morning: “We are shocked at this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store. We’re praying for those impacted, the community, and our associates. We’re working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates.”

The Virginia shooting comes three days after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five people and wounding 17. That shooter was arrested after patrons at the club tackled and beat the shooter. The shootings come in a year when the country was shaken by the deaths of 21 in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Both the ATF and FBI are working with Chesapeake Police in the investigation.

Chesapeake is about 7 miles (11 kilometers) south of Norfolk.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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