Virginia Beach shooting: 12 victims identified – WPXI Pittsburgh

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    Updated: Jun 1, 2019 – 9:21 AM


Police confirmed Friday that 13 people were dead and more than 4 injured in a workplace-related shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Besides the 12 victims who died, the shooting suspect was apprehended and later died, according to Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera.


Update 9:04 a.m. EDT June 1: Virginia Beach police Chief James Cervera said at a news conference Saturday that DeWayne Craddock, 40, identified as the gunman in Friday’s shooting, was still employed by the city of Virginia Beach.

Cervera said he was “not at liberty” to discuss whether Craddock had ever previously threatened anyone in the building.

Craddock had a security pass “like all employees had” to access inner offices of the building, Hansen said.

“He was authorized to enter the building,” Hansen said.

Update 8:42 a.m. EDT June 1: Officials in Virginia Beach held a news conference Saturday morning to address the mass shooting at a city building Friday afternoon. 

Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen, calling the shooting a “senseless, incomprehensible act of violence,” said all but one of the 12 people killed were employees of the city of Virginia Beach.

“They leave a void that will never be filled,” Hansen said. 

The victims were identified as:

  • Laquita C. Brown, Chesapeake;

  • Tara Welch Gallager, Virginia Beach;

  • Mary Louise Gayle, Virginia Beach;

  • Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Virginia Beach;

  • Katherine A. Nixon, Virginia Beach;

  • Richard H. Nettleton, Norfolk;

  • Christopher Kelly Rapp, Powhatan;

  • Ryan Keith Cox, Virginia Beach;

  • Joshua A. Hardy, Virginia Beach;

  • Michelle “Missy” Langer, Virginia Beach;

  • Robert “Bobby” Williams, Chesapeake;

  • Herbert “Bert” Snelling, Virginia Beach

Update 4:40 a.m. EDT June 1: “This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer said late Friday, according to WAVY.

“This is a horrific day for the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Gov. Ralph Northam said during a Friday night news conference.

Vigils are being organized in Virginia Beach, WAVY reported. A prayer vigil will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Regal Cinemas, and another one will be held Wednesday at Old Dominion University.

Update 11 p.m. EDT May 31: Police Chief Jim Cervera has also identified DeWayne Craddock as the suspect in the Municipal Center shooting, according to WAVY

Earlier, Cervera said he would identify the gunman only one time and would afterward refer to him only as “the suspect.”

Update 9:45 p.m. EDT May 31: In a second press briefing following the workplace-related shooting, Virginia Beach Police Chief Cervera said that a 12th victim died on the way to the hospital.

Cervera also said that four officers engaged in a “long-term gun battle” with the suspect. Following the incident, police rendered first aid before the suspect died.

Update 9:15 p.m. EDT May 31: The Wall Street Journal identified DeWayne Craddock, 40 years old, as the shooter who killed 11 people Friday. 

Craddock made multiple firearm purchases, officials told the Wall Street Journal.

Original report: Cervera said in the Friday press conference that the shooter opened fire and shot “indiscriminately” at workers inside the operations building.

Police returned fire, killing the suspect. 

The suspect was a longtime employee of the city’s Public Works Department, Cervera said. One of the people shot is a police officer.

The FBI in Norfolk said the bureau is responding to assist Virginia Beach police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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