Walmart manager who shot dead six co-workers said he was compared to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer

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The gunman in the Walmart mass shooting in Virginia left a “death note” addressed to God on his phone, police say.

Andre Bing, 31, said that his actions were not planned, but things had fallen into place like he was being led by Satan, in the rambling note that was released by the Chesapeake Police Department on Friday, NBC reports.

Bing added that he had failed to listen to the Holy Spirit.

The attack in the US store on Tuesday left six people dead and four more in hospital.

In the document, Bing also said that he had lost his dignity after his phone was hacked.

He said people unfairly compared him to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and wrote: “I would have never killed anyone who entered my home.”

Signing off, he asked for God’s forgiveness for what he was about to do.

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Police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia. Pic: Kendall Warner/The Virginian-Pilot via AP
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Police at the scene of the shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia. Pic: AP

Police said in a statement that they found the note when “detectives conducted a forensic analysis of the suspect’s phone which was located at the scene.”

A motive for the shooting remains unclear, police said, and the force could not say when the note was written.

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Walmart said in a statement: “There is nothing that can justify taking innocent lives.

“Our focus continues to be on the families who are grieving and supporting our associates through this difficult time.”

Walmart said Bing had been an overnight team leader who had been with the company since 2010.

Police said the 9mm handgun used in the Tuesday night shooting was legally purchased that morning and that Bing had no previous criminal record.

Officers released a copy of the note found on his phone that appeared to redact the names of specific people he mentioned.

Bing died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A vigil for the victims of the shooting will be held on Monday at City Park in Chesapeake.

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