Andre Bing, a Walmart manager who gunned down six people in his Virginia store, reportedly had a manifesto in his phone along with a list of colleagues he was targeting.
WAVY News reported that a law enforcement source said that the manifesto was found after Bing killed himself following the shooting in the Chesapeake store.
Bing complained about recent unspecified changes in his employment status and also claimed that other employees were harassing him over it, the source said.
First responders also “found a list near the shooter’s body of employees he presumably wanted to target,” tweeted one reporter from WAVY News.
The claims are supported by Jessie Wilczewski, a new staffer at the branch, who claimed she was convinced that Bing, who was reportedly laughing throughout the shooting, had planned the massacre well in advance. She believes Bing hunted people he “had issues” with and also claims he spared her life after he reportedly told her during the rampage, “Jessie, go home.”
Joshua Johnson, a former maintenance worker at the store, told CNN that Bing, the overnight shift lead, had made chilling threats for several years before the shooting.
“He said if he ever got fired from his job he would retaliate and people would remember who he was,” said Johnson, who worked at the store until 2019.
Donya Prioleau, another staffer who saw the carnage, said that Bing “said a lot of disturbing things” and was “condescending” and “quite mean to a lot of us.”
Other staffers and people who knew him called him paranoid, and said he kept black tape over his phone camera.
“He was always saying the government was watching him,” a former staffer, Shaundrayia Reese, told the outlet. “Everyone always thought something was wrong with him.”
Bing had one handgun and several magazines of ammunition, and about 50 people were in the store at the time of the shooting, according to police.
The dead included Randy Blevins, 70; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; all from Chesapeake, and Tyneka Johnson, 22, of neighboring Portsmouth and a 16-year-old boy who police did not identify.
Despite the manifesto, authorities are still investigating Bing’s motivations. A SWAT team raided the killer’s home while a “vehicle of interest” was cordoned off and towed away in the parking lot.
“The devastating news of last night’s shooting at our Chesapeake, VA store at the hands of one of our associates has hit our Walmart family hard,” Walmart Chief Executive Doug McMillon wrote on LinkedIn. “My heart hurts for our associates and the Chesapeake community who have lost or injured loved ones.”
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