At Least 11 Dead in Virginia Beach Mass Shooting at Municipal Center

**Embargo: Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA** Virginia Beach Police tweeted Friday they think an active shooter situation at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center involves only one shooter, who has been taken into custody.

The shooter who opened fire indiscriminately in a Virginia Beach city building Friday afternoon, killing at least 11 people and sending six others to the hospital, was a disgruntled employee, a Virginia government source briefed on the investigation told CNN.

The shooter died after a gunfight with police.

Police Chief James Cervera told reporters Friday night the gunman was a public utilities worker.

“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” said Mayor Bobby Dyer. “The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbor, colleagues.”

Cervera said the shooter was confronted shortly after opening fire on multiple floors. There was an exchange of gunfire with officers, the chief said.

A police officer whose ballistic vest stopped a bullet was injured, the police chief said.

Gordon Rago, a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot, said witnesses described the scene as “frantic.”

He said the shooting occurred when people were still visiting the municipal center to conduct business.

Witnesses told him that SWAT officers were running down the street, directing them to get inside.

“I’ve talked to people who said that they were hiding under their desks,” Rago said.

Police found a pistol and a rifle at the scene that investigators believe were used in the shooting, according to a law enforcement official.

The suspect is thought to have purchased the firearms legally, according to initial information that investigators have, the source says.

The mass shooting took place in Building 2 of the municipal center, according to police.

Building 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center houses the operations building for the city, which include multiple departments.

Six people were hospitalized after the shooting, hospital officials tweeted.

Virginia Beach General Hospital said there were five patients there. A patient who was at Princess Anne Hospital was being transferred to Norfolk General Hospital, a Level I trauma center.

The FBI is also responding to the incident to provide assistance to local authorities, an FBI spokeswoman told CNN.

The incident is the deadliest mass shooting in the US since November.

In that shooting, 12 people were killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Officials said that gunman, Ian David Long, shot an unarmed security guard outside the bar, went in and continued shooting, injuring other security workers, employees and patrons. Long died by suicide.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine tweeted that he was devastated by the news Friday.

“My heart is with everyone who lost a loved one, and I’m praying for a swift recovery for all those who have been injured,” he said.

Sen. Mark Warner wrote: “Praying for all involved as we learn more.”

“We are praying for our city, the lives that were lost, their families and everyone affected,” singer Pharell Williams, who grew up in Virginia Beach, tweeted. “We are resilient. We will not only get through this but we’ll come out of this stronger than before we always do.”

President Trump has been briefed on the shooting, a White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

16 comments

  • Bob Stevens

    Convenient timing on this… a case against NFA is trying to get to the SC so of course the guys uses a suppressor (and the msm does the typical fake news Hollywood spin on suppressors)… and needed a distraction from Mueller and the IG report showing the corruption and coupe attempt in the FBI that they refused to prosecute… hmmmm
    oh and NotPenny… there is a ton of evidence showing guns save lives and prevent crimes. Gun violence in general has been trending downward. But sure, making everyone into a target rather than allowing good people to defend themselves without having to wait absurd time for the police sounds like a solution… all gun laws are infringments

  • Steve Quest

    Same as with Vester Lee Flanagan II (aka Bryce Williams) the Alison Parker and Adam Ward shooter. We NEVER saw HIS manifesto, purportedly filled with anti-White diatribes, since he claimed he only sent it to news agencies by fax. Hide his race and hide his motivation, because he is not White and THAT does NOT fit the politically correct paradigm.

  • lickerblisters

    I find it hysterical how the tv media keeps pronouncing his name as “Duane” instead of “DEWAYNE” like it should be pronounced. It’s amazing what the media tries to pull off without his photo. BLAME WHITEY!!!

  • fortisveritas

    “A disgruntled Virginia Beach employee shot and killed 12 people on Friday inside the city’s municipal complex where he worked, before he was killed by police in a ferocious “running gun battle” with responding officers. The shootout limited what authorities said could very well have have been a much higher death toll.” WHAT??? Good guys with guns stopped a bad guy with a gun? According to some this can’t be…

  • yabbadabbadude

    The first 15 minutes of today’s “Good Morning America” didn’t have even one picture of Dewayne Craddock, 40, the identified killer. Craddock was a black Democrat. Still don’t think the media is pushing an agenda?

    • fortisveritas

      When doing a search for ‘Virginia Beach Shooter’ the auto-populate feature doesn’t work. Took a while to find his name and even longer to find a picture. Had he been a white Trump supporter we would have banners and pop-ups with his picture, name, and links to his manifesto.

      • yabbadabbadude

        It appears that the Daily Mail is colluding with our media. There’s no picture of Craddock there either, and they usually post pictures of the killers no matter what.

      • yabbadabbadude

        Now I know why. He listed himself as a muslim on his original mylife page, and that’s been scrubbed clean now too. Happy ramalamadingdong.

  • burtfan16

    Drop the need for a concealed carry permit. Everyone who wants to should be able to arm themselves in this day and age.

  • fortisveritas

    Senator Elizabeth Warren said: “I’m heartsick and praying for the victims and their loved ones. Eleven people should not have been murdered today. How many lives will it take before Congress acts to end this crisis?” Well Congress, we know damn well that criminals aren’t going to turn in their guns, or anyone else for that matter. So pass the Nationwide reciprocity law already and decriminalize the ludicrous laws between states. My PA concealed carry should have no borders, as should any others out there. Allow people to carry to stop these shooters already. Imagine if just one person was prepared and allowed to carry in this situation. The outcome most likely would have been very different.

    • not_pennysltucky (@ds18301)

      Hey the grill caught fire — Quick: dump gasoline on it — that should take care of it…….More guns = more violence. Simple fact. There isn’t a single statistic or shred of credible evidence to prove otherwise. Not one….Sorry — I’m quite aware that facts (and logic) are deeply troubling to face…Please tell me how much safer our roads would be if we got rid of all those “pesky” laws requiring cars to be registered, inspected and drivers to have a license were abolished…..btw: which “well ordered” militia do these mass shooters belong to anyway?…smh.

      • ethskinns

        Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws, and some of the highest crime rates. People who want firearms to do bad will still get their hands on them even with a ban of firearms. How do you think they get illegal firearms now? It’ll still happen with a ban

      • fortisveritas

        Ah, the wisdom and logic of J (yeah, we know it’s you) our resident half-wit. And half is giving you credit. So these cars you mention – the ones that are registered, inspected, licensed, and insured – and also meticulously engineered to be safe and protect people; and then the drivers – that are ‘trained’ (which is a joke) and licensed – still k.ill and injure far more people every day than firearms do. It’s not the machine – it’s the operator. So, the argument that the average citizen doesn’t need a gun? Fair enough. The average citizen doesn’t need a car either. The Amish get along just fine without them. Billions of people around the world get along just fine without them. Car ownership isn’t a Right, gun ownership is. And that’s one of the things that keeps our country free and our government in check, but you don’t seem to grasp that, do you? Oh – BTW – our roads would be much safer if EVERYONE followed the LAWS and paid attention. But no, we have people that are distracted, under the influence, or think the speed limits don’t apply to them. As a first responder I’ve lost count to how many vehicle accidents I’ve pulled injured and lifeless bodies out of. I’ve NEVER responded to any shooting incidents. Just lucky I guess…

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