The 2019 Virginia Beach shooting occurred on the afternoon of May 31, 2019, when DeWayne Craddock, a disgruntled city employee fatally shot twelve people and wounded four others in a mass shooting at a municipal building in the Princess Anne area of Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States.
What we know: Before the massacre, Craddock emailed a resignation letter Friday morning, Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen said.
Craddock was not forced to resign, Hansen said. His “performance was satisfactory” and he was “within good standing in his department.” Craddock had “no issues of discipline ongoing,” the city manager said.
Craddock’s supervisor asked him why he was resigning, a colleague told CNN; Craddock told his boss he was quitting for personal reasons.
But near the end of the workday Friday, Craddock shot one person in a car and then entered the building, where he fired at victims on three floors.
Alyssa Andrews took a photo of a man with a bloodied shirt outside the municipal building. The man’s identity and his condition were not immediately known.
What we don’t know: Authorities are searching for a motive. Those who knew him say they didn’t see the horror coming.
Joseph Scott said he worked with the shooter for several years and saw him that day. He said the suspect was brushing his teeth in the bathroom, as he always did, and wished him a good day.
The 12 victims killed in the attack
Members of Mount Olive Baptist Church pray near a municipal building in Virginia Beach.
What we know: Those killed include the gunman’s former boss, longtime city employees and a contractor:
— Richard H. Nettleton was Craddock’s boss. Hours before Nettleton was killed, Craddock told him he was quitting for personal reasons, a former colleague said.
But it’s not clear whether Nettleton was targeted in the mass shooting.
The gunman and his family
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