Chaplains Respond to Deadly Walmart Shooting in Virginia

By   •   November 23, 2022

A Walmart employee, center, speaks with a law enforcement officer after a mass shooting at the store on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Several chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) offered comfort and prayers in Chesapeake, Virginia, after a Walmart employee opened fire at the store, killing six people and injuring four others Tuesday night. The suspect died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On Nov. 19, a gunman killed five people and injured more than two dozen others at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where another team of chaplains responded.

“It is devastating to hear that another mass shooting has taken place. We are praying for the families impacted by this horrific tragedy, especially just before Thanksgiving,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT.  “We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to listen, comfort, pray with, and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this shooting.”

According the Gun Violence Archive, there have been over 600 mass shootings in the United States in 2022.

Please be in prayer for those facing grief and loss this holiday season.