12 killed in a shooting in Virginia Beach


12 people were killed in a shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

Police said the suspect was also killed and several others wounded.

The suspect is Dwayne Craddock, 40.

Police say Craddock opened fire randomly around 4 pm.

Police Chief James Cervera said that Craddock opened fire and fired “indiscriminately” at the workers inside the facility’s operations building.

Cervera said police returned fire, killing Craddock. He said Craddock was a longtime employee of the city’s Public Works Department. One of the people who was shot was a police officer.

Governor Ralph Northam made a statement

“This is a terrifying day for the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are devastated by the tragic shooting incident in Virginia Beach. I’m in Virginia Beach with law enforcement and Mayor Dyer, as I monitor the situation and give my full support to the state.”

My deepest condolences and prayers to the people who left the house this morning and will not return tonight, as well as those who were injured in this tragedy.

This is indescribable and meaningless violence. I commend the local and state law enforcement, first responders, medical teams, and all others who acted quickly to respond to this situation. My thoughts are still with the victims and their families. “

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also issued a statement:

“Shocked and terrified by this horrific shooting in Virginia Beach. Our prayers are with the loved ones of the victims, all the injured, and with first responders. Maryland stands ready to provide whatever support is needed.”


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