As authorities investigate this week’s mass shooting inside a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, at least two employees remained hospitalized in critical condition after a manager killed six co-workers before taking his own life.
The Tuesday night shooting, two days before Thanksgiving, began minutes after 10 p.m. inside the employee break room, where some workers were preparing to start their night shift.
In addition to the six employees who did not survive, others continue to receive medical treatment. Two victims at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital were in critical condition on Thanksgiving, hospital spokesman Mike Kafka told CNN, and another victim was released from the hospital on Wednesday.
“This Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for our community and are thinking of each victim of the Walmart shooting and their families,” Chesapeake city officials said online.
“Today we are only focusing on those injured from Tuesday’s tragic event, but the police investigation is continuing,” officials said, adding that additional information will be provided on Friday.
The dead people are Randy Blevins, 70 years old; Lawrence Gamble, 43; Tyneka Johnson, 22; Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52, and a 16-year-old boy, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, according to authorities.
As police work to determine the motive for one of at least three mass shootings in Virginia this month, Chesapeake officials have announced a vigil for the victims scheduled for Monday night at City Park.