At least seven people, including the gunman, were killed late Tuesday evening at a Walmart store in southeast Virginia.
Chesapeake police responded to the shooting at the retailer on Sam's Circle about 10:12 p.m. and found multiple victims dead inside the store and others wounded, reported NBC News.
“It’s sad. We’re a couple days before the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Chesapeake police officer Leo Kosinski. "It’s just a bad time all around, just for everybody involved — especially the victims. This is horrible.”
Four other victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
Police confirmed the shooter was an employee, although his identity has not yet been released, and officers said he took his own life after opening fire.
"Heartbroken that America's latest mass shooting took place at a Walmart in my district," said Louise Lucas, president pro tem of the Virginia Senate. "I will not rest until we find the solutions to end this gun violence epidemic in our country that has taken so many lives."
The shooting comes just days after a mass shooting in Colorado Springs killed five people and just over a week after a University of Virginia student fatally shot three football teammates.