Police Give Updated Briefing
(PM) — Police gave a media conference earlier and confirmed that 11 people had died, and several others were injured after a lone gunman opened fire “indiscriminately” on multiple floors of the Virginia Beach municipal building.
Friday night, an emotional Chief of Police James Cervera gave an additional press conference and confirmed that 12 people had died, and several others were hospitalized as a result of the attack.
He stated that police had engaged the shooter who fired “indiscriminately” and as a result, the gunman had received fatal injuries.
A second press conference has just taken place and Police Chief James Cervera confirmed that the gunman had possession of a .45 handgun with a suppressor and extended magazines.
Chief Cervera confirmed that there was a “long gun battle” between the gunman and police, and even after police had shot the gunman, they rendered him first aid.
He confirmed the gunman later died.
Unconfirmed reports name the shooter as Dewayne Craddock, who is a local man and who had recently been fired whilst working as a project manager with Virginia Beach Public Utilities.
The gunman, who shortly after 4pm local time entered Building 2 of the municipal complex was engaged by police officers, one of whom was shot and according to Police Chief Cervera was saved by his body armour.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said, “This is just a horrific day…our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families”.
Local Mayor Bobby Dyer said, “This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach”.