Virginia beach shooting: at least 12 dead after city worker opens fire at colleagues
The incident is believed to be the deadliest mass shooting of 2019, with a death toll of 13 people including the shooter, who was reportedly using extended capacities magazines against civilians.
The afternoon of Friday, May 31, another mass shooting hit the US, this time in a Virginia Beach municipal center, where a “disgruntled employee” opened fire against people who shared their workplace with the perpetrator.
The subject, 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock, was taken down by the local police following a long gunfight with the officers, after he shot at least 12 people dead and injured several others, as Police Chief James Cervera told CNN.
It took four officers all their ammo to stop one gunman, who killed 12 people and would've killed dozens more today.— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) June 1, 2019
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"This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach. The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbor, colleagues," Mayor Bobby Dyer lamented.
Craddock was a certified professional engineer serving in the Public Utilities Department. He went through all three floors of the city’s municipal center Building 2 shooting indiscriminately, as the facility was still on working hours.
"We kept hearing gunshots, and we kept hearing the cops saying, 'Get down,'" witness Megan Banton said.
"And it was very muffled, but the stairwell was right next to the office. So we kept hearing, like, people talking, and we heard the K-9s come up the steps," she added.
"Tonight, there are 12 more Americans whose lives have been cut short... This may be what's often referred to as the new normal. But we cannot accept that." CNN's @DonLemon reflects on the mass shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia. https://t.co/GuuPrWHJUE pic.twitter.com/nf7f9zBHok— CNN (@CNN) June 1, 2019
INVESTIGATION IN PROGRESS
A pistol and a rifle were recovered by the authorities after they regained control of the situation, and everything seems to indicate that the weapons were purchased legally.
Following the standoff, the local police have received external support from the FBI and state police, which sent a forensics team to the site.
"This story happens all too often," says veteran journalist Dan Rather about the mass shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia. "And the fact that we haven't done anything really to come to grips with it is despicable" https://t.co/8PyEvNGtt1 pic.twitter.com/qC4Oa56q1Z— CNN (@CNN) June 1, 2019
The investigation is yet to find out about Craddock’s motives behind the attack. He is believed to have acted alone on this.
THE WORST IN VIRGINIA BEACH’S HISTORY
The Gun Violence Archive registers at least 150 mass shootings within the first five months of 2019, but this incident marks the deadliest of the year so far.
Heartbreaking news from VA. @HouseDemocrats passed a gun control bill nearly 100 days ago. Thoughts and prayers are not enough - we need action NOW. Enough is enough. #EndGunViolencehttps://t.co/enLyZjJCOG— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 1, 2019
It is also believed to be the worst mass killing event in the city’s history, with the last shooting spree occurring in 1994 when four people were murderer at the local Witchduck Inn restaurant.
“My deepest condolences and prayers go to the families of those who left home this morning, and will not return tonight, as well as those who have been injured in this tragedy. This is unspeakable, senseless violence,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tweeted.