Va. Beach Gunman's Resignation Email Had No Sign of Shooting

Tuesday, 04 Jun, 2019

DeWayne Craddock, the man suspected of shooting 12 people at the office (including 11 of his former colleagues), sent an email on Friday announcing that he meant to quit his job, according to The New York Times.

This sprawling city on Virginia's coast is employing an increasingly common public information strategy: Release more details about the victims of mass shootings than of the killers - at least initially - to limit the criminals' exposure and prevent copycat shootings. Hansen said police and city officials are still trying to locate the letter. Four people were wounded.

A Virginia Beach city employee accused of killing 12 people and injuring four others at a municipal building resigned hours before the attack, police say. Police are continuing to investigate a possible motive for the deadly rampage.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, shakes the hand of Virginia Beach (Va.) Mayor Bobby Dyer after giving remarks during a news conference regarding the shooting at a municipal building, Friday, May 31, 2019, in Virginia Beach.

Holding back tears, a survivor of the Virginia shooting that killed 12 people says her colleague saved her and others before being fatally shot. Police would later tell the media that victims were found on all three floors of the building.

Authorities are investigating Craddock's personal and professional lives in search of a motive, but nothing obvious has emerged, Cervera said.

The victims in the attack seem to be shot at random and police do not believe any of the victims who died in the attack were targeted by the gunman.

All indications were that the shooter bought the weapons legally, one in 2016 and one in 2018, Benedict said. Investigators found two.45-calibre pistols used in the attack.

CNN noticed Craddock's three security cameras set up in two of his windows.

A longtime city employee opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said. Craddock died after a gun battle with officers.

MCCAMMON: The suspect had worked as a public utilities engineer for the city of Virginia Beach for about 15 years. He worked in the city's utilities department as an engineer.

The bloodshed unfolded at Building Two of the municipal center complex on Friday afternoon as workers prepared to leave for the weekend. "I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities overseas, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations".

And as the city prepares to offer updates, the rest of Virginia's largest city continued to mourn, in churches, neighborhoods and near the scene, where a memorial was started.

The gunman was killed in an "intense firefight" with four responding officers on the second floor of the building. He enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in 1996 and was assigned to the First Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment in Norfolk, Virginia as a cannon crew member, gaining the rank of specialist.

Colson said that he and some colleagues went into an office.

Virginia's most populous city has roughly 450,000 year-round residents. It is unclear whether there was any direct connection between his resignation and subsequent decision to commit the mass shooting. The workshop was canceled.

Vigils in memory of the victims were planned for Saturday evening. As of Saturday, three people in critical condition and one was in fair condition, hospital officials said.

Another neighbor, Clarisa Morel, said the gunman once catcalled her.