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Walmart plans to donate $1 million to a United Way fund created following the mass shooting at one of the retailer’s locations in Virginia that left six dead, Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner said in a memo to employees published Tuesday.
The world's largest retailer intends to donate the money to the "Hope & Healing Fund" launched by the United Way of South Hampton Roads to "foster hope and healing for the broader community" impacted by the deadly Nov. 22 shooting. Walmart will also match employee contributions to the fund at a 2:1 rate, according to Furner’s memo.
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All contributions will go to the fund, with the United Way of South Hampton Roads saying Sunday in a document that it "will not take a percentage for administration or processing." The money will go toward efforts focused on mental health and violence prevention, according to the organization.
Six people were killed last week when the suspected shooter, a 31-year-old Walmart employee named Andre Bing, allegedly opened fire in the store, according to the City of Chesapeake. During the incident, several other individuals also sustained injuries.
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Bing was found "dead upon police arrival" in the store’s break room from what is believed to be a "self-inflicted gunshot wound," the city said. A manifesto was later found on his phone, according to the city.