Walmart worker was spared by killer manager who paused mass shooting and told her to go home

The Walmart worker who was spared: Survivor of mass shooting reveals she locked eyes with killer who then calmly told her to go home as he killed six others in ‘targeted’ attack

  • Jessie Wilczewski had only worked at the store for five days when a store manager opened fire in a packed meeting room, killing six people
  • She described how she took cover under a table as the gunman ‘laughed’ while several of her co-workers were shot
  • He then turn to Jessie and pointed the gun at her – then told her to get out from under the table and said: ‘Jessie, go home.’ 
  • Six people were killed when the shooter opened fire in the breakroom of the Walmart in Sam’s Circuit, Chesapeake, at 10.12pm on Tuesday night
  • Manager – who turned the gun on himself – has been described as one to ‘look out for’. Police haven’t yet revealed the motive for the shooting

A survivor of the Walmart mass shooting has described how she was spared by the killer store manager when he paused the rampage to send her home.

Jessie Wilczewski had only worked at the store for five days when the manager opened fire in a packed meeting room, killing six people.

She described how she took cover under a table as the gunman ‘laughed’ while several of her co-workers were shot.

Jessie said the manager then briefly stopped shooting, turned and pointed the gun at her. He reportedly told her to get out from under the table and said: ‘Jessie, go home.’

Six people were killed when the shooter opened fire in the breakroom of the Walmart in Sam’s Circuit, Chesapeake, at 10.12pm last night. He then turned the pistol on himself.

Jessie told WAVY her shift had started off normal. In the moments before the shooting, about 14 employees had gathered in a meeting room to learn about their duties, she said.

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 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

A member of the FBI works at the scene of a mass shooting at the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, 23 November 2022

A member of the FBI works at the scene of a mass shooting at the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, 23 November 2022

A member of the FBI works at the scene of a mass shooting at the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, 23 November 2022

A member of the FBI works at the scene of a mass shooting at the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, 23 November 2022

She said the gunman then entered and began ‘firing shots from left to right’ while laughing.

‘It didn’t even look real until you could feel… like when the gun goes off, the pow, pow, pow, you could feel it, I mean I don’t know why I didn’t hear it at first because it was so loud, but you could feel it,’ Jessie said.

She said she believes the attack was planned and victims were targeted. 

Another worker, Briana Tyler, who had worked at the store for two months, told Good Morning America that the killer manager was the one to ‘look out for’.

Tyler said she narrowly avoided being shot, and that the gunman's bullet missed her head by an 'inch'

Tyler said she narrowly avoided being shot, and that the gunman’s bullet missed her head by an ‘inch’ 

Briana Tyler, who survived the shooting, describes how the gunman opened fire within minutes of the night team turning up for their shift

Briana Tyler, who survived the shooting, describes how the gunman opened fire within minutes of the night team turning up for their shift

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky, right, and Public Information Officer Leo Kosinski, left, speak at a press conference for the Walmart shooting at the Chesapeake Public Safety Operations Center on Wednesday November 23, 2022

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky, right, and Public Information Officer Leo Kosinski, left, speak at a press conference for the Walmart shooting at the Chesapeake Public Safety Operations Center on Wednesday November 23, 2022

TIMELINE OF CHESAPEAKE WALMART SHOOTING

10.12pm: Gunman opens fire in break room at back of the store. First 911 calls made 

10.14pm: First cops arrive on the scene 

10.16pm: Cops enter the store and find the gunman dead 

11.20pm: Scene is officially declared ‘safe’ 

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‘There was always something going on with him just having an issue with someone but I never expected it would get to this level. He was the manager that everybody had something to say about.’ 

Describing the moment he opened fire, Tyler said: ‘As soon as my team lead said, ”all right, we have a light night tonight,’ I looked up and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire.’

‘He wasn’t aiming at anybody specifically. He just literally started shooting throughout the entire break room and I watched multiple people just drop down to the floor, whether they were trying to duck for cover or they were hit.

‘He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all… He just came around the corner and started shooting.’

Some employees have speculated it was a planned and targeted attack. The motive for the shooting is not yet known.

Another worker has also said they narrowly avoided the massacre because they showed up late to work

On Wednesday morning, police raided the shooter’s three-bedroom home in Chesapeake, which is around three miles from the store.

Among the victims is 22-year-old Tyneka Johnson, who was named by her family on Wednesday.

Tyneka Johnson, 22, is among the six people shot dead by a Walmart gunman in Chesapeake last night At 10.10pm last night, the shooter opened fire in a break room of the store. It's unclear if the rampage was contained to the break room or if he ventured into the store

Tyneka Johnson, 22, is among the six people shot dead by a Walmart gunman in Chesapeake last night At 10.10pm last night, the shooter opened fire in a break room of the store. It’s unclear if the rampage was contained to the break room or if he ventured into the store

Walmart's statement after the shooting on Tuesday night

Gov. Glenn Youngkin's statement

Walmart’s statement after the shooting on Tuesday night. The company has not released any other information. Governor Glenn Youngkin also released a statement 

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