Walmart shooter in Chesapeake, Va., was a disgruntled employee: Source

Law enforcement works at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. The store was busy just before the Tuesday night shooting with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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The suspected shooter in the Tuesday night massacre in a Virginia walmart was a disgruntled employee, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News.

At least seven people, including the suspect, were killed at the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Va., as people shopped for last-minute Thanksgiving items. The shooting also took place days before Black Friday, when shoppers traditionally head to retailers such as Walmart to pick up holiday gifts at bargain prices.

CNBC has reached out to Walmart for comment on the shooting and investigation, as well as any security concerns ahead of Black Friday.

Walmart, in a Twitter post early Wednesday morning, said it was “shocked” by the shooting. “We pray for those affected, the community and our associates,” the company said. “We work closely with law enforcement and are focused on supporting our associates.”

In June, Walmart said it added a class to its store manager training program that focuses on identifying employees and customers who may need intervention for mental health issues.

A local hospital was treating other victims, NBC News reported. It is not immediately known how the shooter died.

The Walmart massacre came days after a deadly mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in which five people were killed.

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