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Teenager and senior citizen among victims of shooting at Walmart in Virginia – SABC News


Authorities on Wednesday identified the people killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, as ranging in age from a 16-year-old to a 70-year-old man.

The store manager opened fire on co-workers in the break room, killing six people, before turning the gun on himself.

“We are saddened to report the names of those we lost Tuesday night in the shooting at the Walmart on Sam’s Circle, but hope that with this information we can honor their lives in our community,” officials wrote on the city’s website.

The youngest victim was a 16-year-old Chesapeake boy, whose name has not been released because he was a minor.

Randall Blevins, 70, was the oldest victim. Blevins’ cousin wrote on Facebook that he had worked at Walmart for many years and planned to retire next year.

The other victims were Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Brian Pendleton, 38; Kelly Pyle, 52; and Tyneka Johnson, 22.

Johnson’s family, who posted desperate messages online asking the public for information after the shooting, confirmed her death to local media.

Relatives described her as “the kindest person who never bothered anyone.”

The cousin wrote on Facebook: “I’m so sorry this happened to you so soon, you had so many plans, but I guess God had other plans. So does this mean no more phone calls? No more sending pictures of your tattoos and I choose them?”

Pyle updated her Facebook status on Nov. 1 to say she is in a relationship with Brian Baker. On Wednesday morning, Baker posted a photo of the couple on Facebook with the message: “Until we meet again my angel.”

Pyle is from Norfolk, Virginia and attended Norfolk Catholic High School, according to her Facebook profile.

The gunman has been identified as Andre Bing, 31, of Chesapeake, Virginia. He said nothing when he began shooting at workers who had gathered late Tuesday before the night shift.

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