The gunman who fatally shot six people at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, legally purchased a firearm Tuesday morning, police said Friday.
The shooter, identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, died of a self-inflicted wound before police responded to the shooting Tuesday night.
Police said Bing, who allegedly worked as a night shift manager at the Chesapeake supermarket since 2010, used a 9mm pistol purchased legally from a local store.
He had no criminal record before the shooting that also injured four people.
Investigators performed a forensic analysis of the shooter’s phone, which was located at the scene, and found a “death note” located on the device.
The city of Chesapeake tweeted Thursday that “there are still two injured people in the hospital, one in critical condition and the other in fair/improving condition.”
“This Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for our community and are thinking of every Walmart shooting victim and their family members,” he wrote.
A vigil for the victims of the shooting has been scheduled for Monday night at City Park in Chesapeake.
The Walmart massacre came just days after a deadly mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in which five people were killed and 19 others injured.
A gunman entered the club and opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle before being taken into custody.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday renewed his call to ban assault weapons.
“I’m going to try to get rid of the assault weapons,” Biden told reporters during a visit to firefighters in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
“I am sick and tired of these shootings,” Biden said Thursday. “We should have much stricter gun laws.”
However, the possibility of an assault weapons ban passing through the US Congress is almost impossible in the near future.
Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives next term and are likely to oppose legislation to curb gun rights.
The United States has suffered more than 600 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Archive of Gun Violence.
Last year the country recorded a staggering 690 mass shootings, up from 610 in 2020 and 417 in 2019. ■