Authorities have named the youngest of the six victims in a fatal mass shooting at a Virginia Walmart
A 16-year-old worker who apparently spent his first paycheck to give his mother a gift before he was killed two days before Thanksgiving was the youngest victim in this week’s horrific shooting inside a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.
According to a social media post from the city of Chesapeake that made the teen’s identity public on Friday, Fernando Chavez-Barron was shot and died alongside five other coworkers on Tuesday night when a manager opened fire in an employee break room during a meeting before taking his own life.
Friends of the 16-year-old died are in sorrow as officials try to find out more about the shooter, including publicly publishing a message discovered on his phone after the killing.
People who knew Fernando told WTKR that he had recently started working at Walmart and had used his first salary to buy his mother a present.
Joshua Trejo-Alvarado, one of Fernando’s friends, claimed to still be in shock over his death.
Trejo-Alvarado told WTKR, “I’m speechless knowing it was him and at a loss for words.” “Up until today, I thought everything was a dream. I wish we were both still here, together. Last night, my entire family and I prayed for him. For him, we also have candles and flowers at home.
Trejo-Alvarado claimed that he texted and called Fernando but didn’t get a response. Later, he called the brother of his friend, who informed him that Fernando had passed away, according to WTKR.
“He was usually gregarious and kind to everyone he encountered. He was friendly,” remarked Trejo-Alvarado.
Randy Blevins, 70, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, Tyneka Johnson, 22, Brian Pendleton, 38, and Kellie Pyle, 52, were the other five people killed at the Walmart.
In remembrance of the people killed in yet another mass shooting that turned a commonplace of daily life into a macabre crime scene, the neighbourhood came together on Thanksgiving Day at a growing impromptu monument outside the store. One of the two patients was in critical condition, according to the city’s announcement on Thursday.
Note discovered on bushwhacker’s phone
Authorities have been trying to identify a motive for the firing ever since it happed two days before Thanksgiving. Details of notes set up on the shooter’s phone after the incident were revealed by officers on Friday.
According to the megacity’s Twitter account on Friday, the” Death note” jottings discovered on the shooter’s phone were filled with complaints about individualities in his life, including a many associates.
The author of the dispatch references God, the holy spirit, and how he felt disrespected by his” associates” a moniker Walmart gives some of its staff members.
The note reads,” I wish I could have saved everyone from myself.” Please forgive me for what I am about to do, God.
Redacting the individualities of people mentioned, the megacity twittered out the release of the note. According to the authorities, none of the individualities withheld were those of the projectile victims.
When asked if the shooter had raised enterprises about his associates, Walmart released a statement that read,” There’s nothing that can justify boggling innocent life. Our attention is still on the mourning families and helping our associates get through this trying period.
The killer fairly bought a 9 mm handgun on the day of the butchery, according to the megacity, and used it to commit the murders.
A box of ammo and” other effects in regard to the 9 mm handgun( box, damage, other documents),” according to the megacity, were set up during the hunt of the shooter’s home.
Associates have characterised the shooter, 31- time-old Andre Bing, as someone who has preliminarily demonstrated strange and threatening geste
Bing was a nonconformer, according to Shaundrayia Reese, who worked with him from 2015 to 2018.
He insisted on a regular basis that the police were watching him. He kept black tape recording over the camera on his phone because he disliked social media. Everyone had the print that he’d a problem, according to Reese.
Joshua Johnson, a differentex-coworker who continued to work at Walmart until 2019, said that Bing had made pitfalls.
“He stated if he ever lost his job he’d get revenge and everyone would remember who he was,” Johnson continued.
Reese and Johnson claimed that they did not raise any issues with operation over Bing’s conduct.
When you leave the scene, it keeps replaying.
A manager was waiting in the doorway of the break room as workers at the Walmart arrived for their overnight shift on Tuesday. He was pointing a revolver at them. Some employees, like Briana Tyler, a recent hire at the store, were yet to become aware of the troubling photograph.
“It had still not really sunk in that it was genuine. Because I believed it to be a simulation, Tyler told CNN, “like this is what we do if there is an active shooter.” And the fact that I knew his face is what led me to believe that.
But when she witnessed one of her colleagues being shot, reality struck.
The occupants in the room were instantly knocked to the ground, Tyler claimed. He literally just looked around the room and fired, she said, with a blank expression on his face. There were yells and gasps from everyone. He merely spun around and started firing again, this time all over the store.
Employee Jessie Wilczewski fled behind a table as the shooter left the break area, as she told CNN. She spoke of witnessing some of her employees lying on the ground or on chairs, some of whom were probably dead.
She was instructed to leave the table when the shooter entered the break area, according to Wilczewski.
Jessie, go home, he urged, according to Wilczewski, a mother of a 15-month-old child.
She made an effort not to look at her coworkers as she stood up and started to leave, but the sound of blood hitting the floor was haunting her, she admitted.
She said to CNN earlier this week, “The sound of the droplets, da-da-da-da, it replays and replays and replays. “It was creating a rhythm of how much blood was pouring off the various chairs. It was also one of the most upsetting things, and I doubt I’ll ever get over it.
Wilczewski claimed that after fleeing, the horror she had witnessed remained with her.
Wilczewski declared, “Never, ever in my life would I ever wish this upon anyone.” “And the worst part is that it keeps going. When you leave the scene, it keeps replaying. The pain does not lessen significantly. You desperately want it to end, but it just keeps going and going. You merely yearn for the little piece of life you once knew.