Gunman Opened Fire On A Municipal Complex, Virginia Beach Killing 12 People

News by Joey Jordan Published on 02 Jun,2019

12 People Killed In A Brutal Mass Shooting In Virginia Beach Municipal Complex

  • 12 people killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at a government building in Virginia.
  • The shooter was identified as DeWayne Craddock, a disgruntled city employee.
  • The shooting unfolded at around 4 on Friday afternoon, killing 11 inside the building, and one outside.
  • The suspect was killed in the gun exchange with police.
  • Police evacuated several frightened employees in the scene and put the area into lockdown.

Twelve killed, and many others were injured after a frustrated gunman opened fire at a government building in Virginia.

Police chief James Cervera said the suspect was identified as DeWayne Craddock, a disgruntled city employee in Virginia Beach. The suspect was killed at the scene during an exchange of gunfire with police.

CAPTION: 12 killed and many other people injured in a Virginia Beach shooting SOURCE: Click2Houston

Police chief James Cervera said in a press release that four officers entered the building and tried to stop the attacker during which he was shot dead.

Mr. Cervera further said,

I want you to know that during this gun battle, basically the officers stopped this individual from committing more carnage in that building.

A police officer was injured during the gunfire that unfolded shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday, 31st May at Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

Police detained a rifle and a handgun from the scene, believed to have been used in the attack.

One victim was shot dead in a car outside the building, and rest were found dead over three floors of the government building.

The victims have been identified as  Richard H. Nettleton, Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Herbert “Bert” Snelling, Joshua A. Hardy, Christopher, Ryan Keith Cox, Mary Louise Gayle, Laquita C. Brown, Tara Welch Gallagher, Michelle “Missy” Langer Robert “Bobby” Williams, Kelly Rapp, and Katherine A. Nixon.

Police evacuated the employees in the area and put the space into lockdown. Mayor Bobby Dyer called it was the "most devastating day" in the history of Virginia Beach. He added,

The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbor, colleagues.

Dyer couldn't hold his tears back as he addressed the press conference.

CAPTION: Employees inside the building were evacuated and the area was put into lockdown SOURCE: BBC

As per the records by US tracking website Gun Violence Archive, the attack was the 150th mass shooting in the United States so far in 2019.

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