Walmart manager Andre Binge held a grudge against one of the six co-workers that he massacred in the breakroom before turning the gun on himself, the victim’s mother said.
Brian Pendleton, 38, was killed when Bing, 31, a night manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, went on a killing spree before an employee meeting Tuesday night.
Pendleton’s mother stated that he had no problems at work, except with Bing, who was his supervisor and allegedly disliked him.
“He just didn’t like my son,” Michelle Johnson explained. “He would tell me that he (Bing) would give him a hard time.”
He had recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary working as a custodian at the Walmart.
Pendleton made sure to be punctual. Although his shift as a custodian started at 10:30 p.m., he was in the break room when the shooting started just after 10, according to Johnson.
“He always came to work early so he would be on time for work,” she said. “He liked his coworkers.”
The victim’s mom said the last time she heard from her son was when he called her before the start of his shift Tuesday.
“I always tell him to call me when gets off work,” Johnson said.
As she was getting ready for bed, Johnson got a call from a family friend telling her there was a shooting at the Walmart.
“Brian was a happy-go-lucky guy. Brian loved family. Brian loved friends. He loved to tell jokes,” his mother said. “We’re going to miss him.”
Kellie Pyle, 52, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, and Randy Blevins, 70, all of Chesapeake, were also killed, as was Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth, and a 16-year-old boy who was not identified because he was a minor.
Outside the Walmart, a memorial of six crosses representing the six victims of the tragedy was erected on Thursday.
According to a witness to the mass shooting, Bing appeared to be looking for specific coworkers to kill on Thursday.
“The way he was acting — he was going hunting,” Jessica Wilczewski said. “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. “He went back and shot dead bodies that were already dead. To make sure.”
WAVY News also reported that Bing left a manifesto on his phone, and the Daily Mail claimed to have found a “kill list” in the trash at the manager’s home, which had the names of several co-workers circled, including Tyneka Johnson.
In his manifesto, Bing, who had worked at the store since 2010, complained about changes to his employment and about his co-workers harassing him about it, WAVY reported.