The shooter, who would have been identified as DeWayne Craddock (40), who had been working at the technical service for the municipality for a long time, died in the shooting.
According to local media, he was recently fired. Craddock opened fire at people around 4 pm local time in an office building.
The town hall is next to it.
What seemed to be a normal Friday afternoon at a Virginia Beach branch office, about 300 miles south of Washington, turned into a nightmare.
In a department where, among other things, permits for renovations are issued and where you can pay the water bill, a civil servant suddenly started shooting.
Sand Bakhtari (28), who works on the first floor, tells the New York Times that around four o’clock he looked outside and saw people running and screaming.
At first he thought that a collision had happened somewhere on the street.
But then his boss warned that there was an “active shooter” in the building.
In the United States that means: danger to life, hide, someone shoots at people.
According to Bakhtari and other witnesses, there were around fifty or sixty gunshots.
Around 400 people work in the building.
The police arrived about ten minutes after the first shots occured.
The bodies of the killed people were found on different floors of the building, said James A. Cervera from the Virginia Beach Police Department at a press conference.
The shooter also shot at four officers who entered the building, after which, according to Cervera, a fierce and prolonged firefight ensued.
In addition, the man was hit by a bullet.
He died on the way to the hospital.
According to Cervera this measurement prevented the possibility of having even more victims.
Shooter DeWayne Craddock had worked for the municipality for a long time.
Cervera described the perpetrator as “dissatisfied”.
A gun and an automatic gun were found in the building.
According to local media, the perpetrator allegedly bought the weapons.
Among the injured is also an agent but his bulletproof vest saved his life.
“This is the worst day in Virginia Beach history,” said Mayor Bobby Dwyer.
“The people involved are our friends, colleagues and neighbors.”
Virginia Beach has more than 438,000 inhabitants and is the largest city in the US state of Virginia.
It is a popular holiday destination in the south-eastern state.
Six wounded persons are curently treated in the Sentara and Princess Anne hospitals.
Their current condition is unknown.
According to a shocked neighbor of DeWayne Craddock (“I live right below him, my girlfriend or I might as well have been a victim”), the shooter was “a nice guy.” , said the neighbor in an interview with local media.
Weird coincidence, the local police had organized a workshop for this morning at the town hall about what to do during a ‘mass shooting’.
According to the Facebook page of the police there were 36 registrations.
The workshop has been canceled.
According to news channel CNN, this was the deadliest shooting “since October, last year.”
Eleven people were killed in a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
This youngest shooting in Virginia will certainly rekindle the discussion about changes to the Weapons Act.
Singer and producer Pharrell Williams is also shocked by the event in his home town.
“We are praying for our city, the lives that were lost, their families and everyone affected. We are resilient. We will not only get through this but we’ll come out of this stronger than before we always do.” he writes on Twitter.
We are praying for our city, the lives that were lost, their families and everyone affected. We are resilient. We will not only get through this but we’ll come out of this stronger than before we always do. #VIRGINIABEACH 🌍
The state of Virginia was the scene of the 2007 shooting at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the city of Blacksburg.
There were 33 dead at that massacre, including the shooter.
According to figures from the Gun Violence Archive website, this was the 150th mass shooting party in the US this year.
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