VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — 12 people were killed and multiple others were injured after a disgruntled employee opened fire at a Virginia Beach Municipal Center building Friday afternoon.
“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer in the aftermath.
The gunshots started around 4 p.m. outside of building 2, which houses several city departments, including public works.
The suspect was able to shoot more than a dozen people outside and inside of the building before he was killed following an extended shootout with officers. Police say he was using a .45 caliber handgun with a suppressor and multiple extended magazines. He was later identified as 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock, a longtime employee in the public utility department.
UPDATE 5/31/19: 6:46 p.m. 11 people have been confirmed dead, and another six are injured following Friday’s shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera says.
A Virginia Beach police officer was shot in the incident, but was protected by a bulletproof vest. He’s expected to be OK.
Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer said this goes down as the saddest day in the city’s history.
6:34 p.m. — WAVY’s Andy Fox reports that multiple city sources say the suspect, who is now deceased, is a disgruntled former city employee who was fired on Thursday, and multiple people are feared to be dead following the shooting. The latest died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Andy Fox reports. However official number of causalities has not been confirmed at this time, and the situation remains active.
6:29 p.m. Six shooting victims have been taken to area hospitals after an active shooting incident at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, including one to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. One suspect was taken into custody, and city sources tell WAVY’s Jason Marks the suspect was pronounced dead.
(PREVIOUS) — VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Police in Virginia Beach say a shooting at a municipal center has left multiple people wounded. They say a suspect has been taken into custody after Friday afternoon’s shooting and they believe there was only one shooter.
There was no immediate word on the extent of injuries.
A spokeswoman for the FBI in Norfolk said the bureau is responding to assist Virginia Beach police. She did not have specifics on how many people have been hurt.
A spokesman for Sentara Princess Anne Hospital told The Virginian-Pilot that one patient had been sent to the hospital and another person was brought to Virginia Beach General Hospital.
A police spokesman told the newspaper the shooter opened fire in Building 2 of the municipal center, which is next door to City Hall.