Andre Bing was ‘hunting’ for specific people, a survivor of the massacre has claimed – as DailyMail.com revealed had a list of storeworkers’ circled names before carrying out the strike
The Walmart manager who killed six of his colleagues Tuesday was ‘hunting’ for specific people, a survivor of the massacre has claimed – as DailyMail.com revealed the killer dumped a list of storeworkers’ circled names before carrying out the strike.
DailyMail.com can also now reveal the identity of the previously unnamed minor slain in the attack -16-year-old part-time worker Fernando Jesus Vargas.
Vargas, meanwhile, was an honors student, who had been working his first job when he was mowed down by the manager was mourned by family and friends during a candlelit vigil Thursday.
He was remembered by one of his high school friends as a popular, selfless student who used his first paycheck to buy his mother a pair of Airpods. He was not on the list recovered by DailyMail.com.
Jessica Wilczewski, however, was among those circled on the list, and said Thursday that when workers were gathered in a store break room to begin their overnight shift Tuesday when team leader Andre Bing barged in and opened fire with a handgun.
Wilczewski, who said she only worked at the store for five days and didn’t know Bing personally, was one of ten workers struck by the hail of bullets.
She and three others survived the attack, and remain in the hospital. One of those – Jalon Jones – also had his name circled on the list, which was obtained by DailyMail.com on Thursday.
Six staffers, including the previously unidentified 16-year-old minor, were killed in the attack. Tyneka Johnson, 22, was the only victim slain circled on Bing’s list.
Wilczewski, meanwhile, offered her own account of the mayhem that unfolded when Bing opened fire in the breakroom at the Chesapeake Walmart in Sam’s Circuit, one that asserted that the shooter appeared to be seeking certain people.
DailyMail.com can now reveal the identity of the 16-year-old boy as part-time worker Fernando Jesus Vargas, who was mourned by family and friends during a candlelit vigil Thursday. He was an honors student and had been working his first job.
‘The way he was acting — he was going hunting,’ she said Thursday in an interview from the . ‘The way he was looking at people’s faces and the way he did what he did, he was picking people out.
‘What I do know is that he made sure who he wanted dead, was dead,’ Wilczewski added, revealing she witnessed him shoot people already on the ground.
‘What I do know is that he made sure who he wanted dead, was dead,’ she recalled. ‘He went back and shot dead bodies that were already dead. To make sure.’
Wilczewski added that she had only worked at the Walmart for five days, and theorized the fact she was a new employee might have saved her.
The injured worker said that when Bing saw her hiding under a table, he told her ‘Jessie, go home’ and let her exit the breakroom, where there had been fourteen staffers gathered.
She followed his orders and ran out of the store.
Wilczewski added that she had not yet got to know Bing, who was described as a longer by many who knew him, and thus did not know who he got along with or had problems with.
Her name, however, was among 18 supermarket employees circled by Bing in the list recovered in a trash bin outside his property Thursday.
The discovery came as police revealed yesterday that they had discovered a manifesto during a search and seizure the shooter’s home, in which the store manager complained that his victims were ‘harassing’ him.
Among the names listed was fellow survivor Blake Williams, 23, whose family says he is currently on a ventilator clinging to life. Wilczewski, who suffered unspecified injuries, is expected to recover.
The list, seen by DailyMail.com, shows the names of fellow supermarket employees circled – including Tyneka Johnson, 22, who he shot dead in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday
The 31-year-old shooter threw the list away along with screenshots of surveillance footage dating back to October. The list included details about what shifts his co-workers were on and in which department they were working, as well as what time they would be on a break
The surveillance footage screenshot shows a person walking into Walmart on October 30
Not on the list, however, was 16-year-old Vargas, who had recently started his first part-time job at Walmart. DailyMail.com confirmed the identity of the victim at a vigil held Thursday evening in Chesapeake by those who knew him.
Dozens of friends and family turned out to pay tribute to the youngest victim of the shooting, which saw Bing kill himself before he could be arrested and is still being probed by police.
The teenager’s family lit candles and tied balloons to a tree outside of the Walmart, where the tragedy unfolded less than 48 hours before.
White star balloons were released to mark the 11th graders memory, with friends saying a prayer for him.
Family members sobbed as the heartfelt tributes were paid, with the teen being described as ‘humble and amazing’.
Six staffers – Tyneka Johnson, 22; Brian Pendleton, 38; Randy Blevins, 70; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; and the previously unidentified 16-year-old minor – were killed. Johnson (top left) was one of the 18 names circled on the list, which was obtained by DailyMailcom from a trash bin outside Bing’s home
Relatives said the youngster had been eagerly anticipating starting the part time role as it was his first ever employment, and that he was a promising student who recently obtained his driver’s license.
Friends of the family created a GoFundMe Page to help the family with funeral expenses, where the child was remembered fondly as a ‘humble, loving, responsible and hardworking young man.’
The page has so far raised $3,710 of its $5,000 goal, within the first 24 hours of it being posted. It is not yet clear why of if he was specifically targeted by Bing, whose neighbors told DailyMail.com that he mostly kept to himself, with their sole interactions coming when he would mow his lawn.
Police revealed yesterday that they discovered a manifesto at the shooter’s home, where he complained that his victims were ‘harassing’ him.
Mourners place flowers at a memorial outside of the Chesapeake Walmart Thursday less than two days after the tragedy
A memorial is set up outside of the Chesapeake, Va., Walmart on Thursday. The shooting was the second high-profile mass shooting in a matter of days
Crime scene tape surrounds a car at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday in Chesapeake
A neighbor of Brian Pendleton, one of the victims, shed light on one potential disagreement that may have led to him being targeted, saying he had clashed with a manager at the Walmart over working night shifts.
The neighbor, named Patrice, told DailyMail.com: ‘Brian was a wonderful man, he was always smiling. He loved his job, he was very dedicated.
‘He did often say he was having issues with a manager at work, who wouldn’t give him the weekends off.’
He added that he ‘didn’t know if it was the same manager’ – though Bing has been described by police and Walmart brass as the store’s ‘overnight team lead’ and had been employed with the company since 2010.
‘It’s just awful so close to Thanksgiving,’ the neighbor added of the tragedy, revealing that Pendlton had also lost his sister a few months before.
‘It’s awful,’ he said. ‘He and his wife split up about three years ago and never had any children. I gave him a ride to work and he insisted on giving me gas money when he got paid. It’s just the kind of guy he was, he was wonderful and caring.
FBI agents searched Bing’s Chesapeake, Virginia home on Wednesday afternoon
Police revealed that Andre Bing’s deadly manifesto, which has not yet been made public, contained claims that his co-workers were harassing him
A neighbor of Bing has described the moment the killer left his home for his rampage in silence. One victim’s neighbor told DailyMail.com that the victim would regularly argue with his manager about working at weekends
The FBI conducted a search of Bing’s home and left with piles of evidence – although they appeared to have missed the kill list hiding in plain sight in the trash
The mother of 43-year-old slain staffer Lorenzo Gamble, meanwhile, lamented how her son, who worked at the store for 15 years and was set to transfer to another location, had also left behind a family of his own. His name was not on the list.
‘My quiet baby Lorenzo is gone,’ the mourning mom wrote in a post to Facebook Wednesday morning.
‘He worked there for 15 years, he was going transfer to Grassfield. Now his sons is loss [sic] without him.’
The boyfriend of 52-year-old victim Kellie Pyle, identified Wednesday by DailyMail.com as Brian Baker, shared a heartfelt post remembering his partner.
‘Until we see each other again my angel,’ a caption for the tribute read.
Brian’s mother gave an emotional phone to ABC in which she hailed her son as selfless, and someone who would give you the shirt off their back.
‘He had a real big heart,’ Michelle Johnson told the outlet. ‘Anybody that wanted to laugh, or just want company, he’d buy you lunch. He’d buy you anything in a minute.’
Pendleton worked at the Walmart for nearly 11 years as a custodian and ‘loved his job,’ according to his mother.
‘He was just a hard worker and a good kid,’ she said.
Police have identified five of the six victims killed during a mass shooting at a Virginia Walmart Tuesday, hours after naming the disgruntled manager who carried out the killing. The sixth deceased victim was a 16-year-old boy, the city said. His name and photo were withheld due to his age. The victims range in age from 16 to 70
The gunman opened fire in the break room which is in the back of the store at around 10.12pm. The first 911 calls came in at 10.12pm and cops were at the scene at 10.14pm. They entered the store at 10.16pm, by which time the gunman had killed himself
The boyfriend of Kellie Pyle, identified by DailMail.com as Brian Baker, shared a post Wednesday remembering his partner
Tyneka Johnson, meanwhile, a 22-year-old worker at the store, was remembered fondly by her family as ‘the nicest person, who never bothered anyone.’ Rashawnda Ruffin, her cousin, hared a tribute to her cousin Wednesday to Facebook
The mom went on to describe the horror she and her husband went through Tuesday when they received a phone call from a family friend notifying her that there had been a shooting at the store. They were soon notified that their son has sustain unspecified injuries and was being treated at nearby Norfolk General Hospital, where they quickly drove to see him.
‘We waited, and then the police came out with a nurse and they took us to a side room and that’s when they told us that he didn’t make it,’ an emotional Johnson said, reportedly holding back tears.
‘I just wondered, was he afraid at that time? I know my son. I didn’t want him to be afraid, and I didn’t want him to hurt.’
The six victims of Walmart manager’s rampage in Virginia
• 38-year-old Brian Pendleton of Chesapeake
• 52-year-old Kellie Pyle of Chesapeake
• 43-year-old Lorenzo Gamble of Chesapeake
• 70-year-old Randy Belvins of Chesapeake
• 22-year-old Tyneka Johnson of Portsmouth
• A 16-year-old male of Chesapeake whose name and picture are being withheld due to him being a minor
Tyneka Johnson, who was on the list, was remembered fondly by her family as ‘the nicest person, who never bothered anyone.’
Rashawnda Ruffin, her cousin, wrote in a post to Facebook: ‘Damn couss I’m sorry this happened to you so soon you had so many plans but I guess god had other plans. So this means no more phone calls? No more sending pictures of your tattoos and I pick them out?
‘I’m just lost of words it was nothing but laughs and jokes LONG LIVE TYNEKA.’
Meanwhile, Sarah Walker, another survivor, is also in the hospital.
Her friends and family say she was shot five times and is also in critical condition.
‘We are all still in shock and devastated,’ her stepfather, Jean Pate Walker, told local outlet WSFA. Walker has already undergone two surgeries and is due for a third today, he said.
Jalon Jones, 24, also remains in hospital in a stable condition,
Shortly after the killings Tuesday night, FBI agents descended on Bings three-bedroom home in Chesapeake, valued at $300,000.
Locals describe seeing the SWAT team use a battering ram to break down the door of the property before scouring it for evidence.
Pictures show authorities searching a shed at the rear of the property, removing bags full of clothing and water bottles.
The search reportedly also yieleded a manifesto penned by Bing on his cellphone – whcih somehow eluded investigators since Wendesday.
Police said the manifesto detailed frtrations Bing had about a change in his employment status.
The manifesto, which has not yet been made public, contained claims that his co-workers were harassing him.
Another neighbor described the manager as a ‘loner’ and that he ‘never saw him at all other than mowing his lawn.
‘It was a shock to hear about it, but I never really knew him,’ they said. ‘He kept himself to himself.’
Another, who asked to be identified only as Marcus, told DailyMail.com: ‘I was super surprised by the whole thing.
‘You hear about it on the news but you don’t expect it will be near you. Especially as this street is so quiet.
‘I didn’t know him or see him at all. I did always think it was strange that the two cars didn’t move out the front.
‘I never saw them move ever. One was a dark SUV and the other was some kind of light Ford.
‘I think he was there alone, I never saw anyone else. It’s such a quiet area.’
People in the local community also gathered for a candle light vigil hosted by Bishop Susan Haynes at St. Thomas Chesapeake church on Wednesday night.
Pictures show authorities searching a shed at the rear of the property, removing bags full of clothing and water bottles
Community members attending a candle light vigil hosted by Bishop Susan Haynes, of the St. Thomas, Chesapeake church
Bishop Susan Haynes (pictured) addresses those in attendance for the vigil
Meanwhile, co-workers at the supercenter have since said they has sensed something was amiss about Bing in the buildup to the attack
Briana Taylor, who started working for at the store about two months ago and survived Tuesday night’s bloodshed told ABC news: ‘He was the manager to look out for because there was always something going on with him, just having an issue with someone.’
Donya Prioleau, who was in the break room when Bing opened fire but escaped unscathed, said he ‘said a lot of disturbing things, and described him as ‘condescending’
He added that her boss lacked ‘good communication skills,’ and was ‘quite mean to a lot of us.’