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

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A survivor of the Walmart mass shooting has described how she was spared by the murderous store manager when he interrupted 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 conference room, killing six people.

She described taking cover under a table as the gunman “laughed” as several of her colleagues were shot.

Jessie said the manager stopped firing for a moment, then 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 gunman opened fire at 10:12 p.m. last night in the cafeteria of the Walmart in Sam’s Circuit, Chesapeake. He then turned the gun on himself.

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

The gunman opened fire in the cafeteria at the back of the store around 10:12 p.m.  The first 911 calls came in at 10:12 p.m., and police arrived at the scene at 10:14 p.m.  They entered the store at 10:16 p.m., when the gunman had committed suicide

The gunman opened fire in the cafeteria at the back of the store around 10:12 p.m.  The first 911 calls came in at 10:12 p.m., and police arrived at the scene at 10:14 p.m.  They entered the store at 10:16 p.m., when the gunman had committed suicide

The gunman opened fire in the cafeteria at the back of the store around 10:12 p.m. The first 911 calls came in at 10:12 p.m., and police arrived at the scene at 10:14 p.m. They entered the store at 10:16 p.m., when the gunman had committed suicide

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

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

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

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

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

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

She said the gunman then came in and, laughing, began firing “shots from left to right.”

“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 the victims were targeted.

Another employee, Briana Tyler, who had worked at the store for two months, told Good Morning America that the killer manager was the one to “watch out for.”

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

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

Tyler said she narrowly avoided being shot and 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 showing up for their shift

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

Briana Tyler, who survived the shooting, describes how the gunman opened fire within minutes of the night team showing 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

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

10:12 PM: Gunman opens fire in the break room at the back of the store. First 911 calls made

10.14 pm: The first agents arrive on the scene

10:16 PM: The police enter the store and find the shooter dead

11:20 PM: Scene has been officially declared ‘safe’

“There was always something going on with him, he just had a problem with someone, but I never expected it to get to this level. He was the manager everyone had something to say about.’

Describing the moment he opened fire, Tyler said, “As soon as my squad leader said, ‘okay, we’re having a light night tonight,’ I looked up and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire.”

“He wasn’t aiming specifically at anyone. He literally just started firing all over the break room and I watched several people just fall to the floor, whether they were trying to duck for cover or they were getting hit.

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

Some employees have speculated that 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 were late for work.

On Wednesday morning, police raided the gunman’s three-bedroom home in Chesapeake, about 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 one of six people shot dead by a Walmart gunman last night in Chesapeake.  At 10:10 p.m. last night, the gunman opened fire in a break room of the store.  It's unclear if the rampage was confined to the break room or if he ventured into the store

Tyneka Johnson, 22, is one of six people shot dead by a Walmart gunman last night in Chesapeake.  At 10:10 p.m. last night, the gunman opened fire in a break room of the store.  It's unclear if the rampage was confined to the break room or if he ventured into the store

Tyneka Johnson, 22, is one of six people shot dead by a Walmart gunman last night in Chesapeake. At 10:10 p.m. last night, the gunman opened fire in a break room of the store. It’s unclear if the rampage was confined to the break room or if he ventured into the store

Walmart's statement after Tuesday night's shooting

Walmart's statement after Tuesday night's shooting

Statement from Governor Glenn Youngkin

Statement from Governor Glenn Youngkin

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