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Virginia Beach Shooter Got Into A ‘Violent Altercation’ A Week Before Shooting

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11 of the 12 victims in Virginia Beach mass shooting were city employees — including a worker who’d been there more than 40 years

The city employee who opened fire in a municipal building on Friday afternoon in Virginia Beach, Va., killing 12 people before officers shot and killed him, has been identified as 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock. "My understanding is he did that via email".

According to Hansen, Williams worked in the city's public utilities department as a special projects coordinator for over 41 years, while Nettleton had been with them for over 28 years.

Craddock was not forced to resign, Hansen said. His performance was considered "satisfactory". "At this time we wish to focus on the victims and the lives loss [sic] during yesterday's tragic event", the note said, in part.

Christi Dewar says colleague Ryan Keith Cox barricaded several people into a room as the gunman started shooting Friday at the Virginia Beach Municipal complex where she works.

The four officers who engaged in the gun battle with the shooter were not wearing body cameras, Cervera said.

Bodies were found on all three floors of the Virginia Beach building and in a auto parked outside, according to authorities.

"We were moving at a rapid pace", he told reporters, but "we had no idea where the suspect was". On Tuesday, all municipal center building will be open with the exception of Building 2 - where the shooting happened.

He also revealed that none of the officers - two detectives and two from a K9 unit - had bodycams.

"I mainly texted my loved ones, and a couple of minutes after that I just heard rapid gunfire", he said.

At the direction of the President of the United States, Governor David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai'i state flag will be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai'i National Guard in the State of Hawai'i, beginning immediately until sunset, June 4, 2019.

Neighbor Cassetty Howerin, said Craddock was awake all hours of the night, but mostly kept to himself.

Despite one of the cops being injured, they still tried to save the gunman's life after capturing him behind a locked door.

Cervera praised the officers for making immediate efforts to save the suspect's life after taking fire and seeing a fellow officer wounded, saying "our police officers truly believe in the sanctity of life". He died on the way to a nearby hospital.

Craddock had also moved quickly, using two.45-caliber handguns.

All indications were that the shooter bought the weapons legally, one in 2016 and one in 2018, Benedict said.

The man who killed 12 people in a shooting spree at his Virginia Beach workplace resigned shortly before carrying out the attack, city officials have confirmed.

Police Chief James Cervera described a chaotic scene as officers entered the building and pursued the assailant through a tightly packed warren of offices that the chief likened to a maze or a honeycomb.

The source told the paper that the troubles had escalated in the week leading up to the mass shooting - and Craddock was involved in what it called "a violent altercation on city grounds". One officer was shot but survived thanks to his bullet-proof vest. Along with the 12 people killed, four people were hospitalized. Officials said the four soon found Craddock and a firefight broke out.

Family liaisons have been assigned to each of the victims' families for support and as a point of contact for information, Hansen said. But Mr Hansen said he was an employee at the time and had a security pass to enter the building.

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