President Biden called for “more action” on gun control in a statement released Wednesday morning after police said a store associate at a Virginia Walmart used a gun to kill six people and injure four others.
“Jill and I grieve for those families, for the Chesapeake community and for the Commonwealth of Virginia, which suffered a horrific shooting at the University of Virginia this month,” Biden said. “We also mourn all those across America who have lost loved ones to these tragic shootings, where we must come together as a nation to resist.”
“This year I signed the most important gun reform in a generation, but it’s not nearly enough,” the president continued. “We need to take more action.”
The mass shooting at the store in Chesapeake, Virginia, was carried out by one of the store’s employees, police said. The male employee used a gun in the attack and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark Solesky told reporters Wednesday morning.
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The condition of the four others who were hospitalized was not immediately available.
The identity of the suspect is not yet known, because the police say they have not yet contacted his next of kin. Officials say he was not known to police prior to the shooting.
Police said the investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.
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The incident is the latest fatal shooting in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.
On November 13, a shooting at the University of Virginia campus killed three football players and injured two others. A week later, a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, resulted in five deaths and 17 injuries.
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Biden described the latest shooting in Virginia as “another horrific and senseless act of violence”.
“There are now more families experiencing the worst kind of loss and pain imaginable,” Biden said, adding that “there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving.”
Lawrence Richard and Greg Norman of TUSEN News contributed to this report.