A gunman responsible for fatally shooting six co-workers at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, left a chilling statement.
The man, identified by Chesapeake authorities as 31-year-old Andre Bing, wrote that he felt “tormented” by the actions and “ghostly” influences of his co-workers. Bing said he was “harassed” by his colleagues, shot them dead, and turned the gun on himself.
According to police, a Walmart night shift manager bought a 9 mm handgun from a local store the morning of the shooting.
The gunman wrote in his statement: “A few months ago I heard [REDACTED] I’m talking [REDACTED] And he told me he was trying to get rid of me from day one.
“After hearing that I lashed out.
“The latter gave me twisted smiles, mocked me and celebrated my downfall on the last day.
“That’s why they suffer the same fate as me.”
Police confirmed he had no criminal history and said a box of ammunition and “various items related to the 9mm handgun (box, receipt, other documents)” were found in Bing’s home.
The shooting happened two days before the national US holiday of Thanksgiving on November 24 (Thursday).
Officers arrived at the scene shortly after 10pm local time and declared the store safe at 11.20pm.
Police have named five of the six people killed in the shooting as Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kelly Pyle, Randall Blevins and Daineka Johnson, but have not released the 16-year-old boy’s name because of his age.
According to Walmart’s statement, Ping has worked for the company since 2010.
In a message to employees, Walmart’s U.S. chief executive John Furner said, “We feel these tragedies personally and deeply.
“But it’s especially painful because we know the gunman was an associate of Walmart.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the victims, and we are grateful for the actions of the first responders.”
The gunman said the incident had “completely robbed” him of his dignity, saying he was “harassed by idiots of little intelligence and no wisdom”.
The note contains several references to religion, with Ping writing: “Sorry everyone, but I didn’t plan this, I assure you things happened as I was led by Satan.”
According to the memo, Ping saw himself as a “loving” person who “loved his wife.”
He wrote: “My real intention is not to kill anyone believe it or not, and if you get to know me I am actually one of the kindest people in the world.
“I wanted a wife equally yoked as I am. However, I am not worthy of a wife.
The obituary ends with the chilling statement, “Forgive me my God for what I’m about to do.”
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