At least 12 killed, 4 injured in Virginia beach shooting at Municipal Center

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One hour before the workweek’s end, a longtime public utility employee entered a municipal building and opened fire in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Friday.


The shooting, which police referred to as “carnage,” left at least 12 people dead and four others injured. The gunman died after exchanging fire with police officers responding to the scene, police said, adding that they believe he acted alone.

The chaos began shortly after 4 p.m. when the gunman shot a person who was inside a vehicle outside of the Operations building, which houses the public utility office, in Virginia Beach’s municipal centre.

The employee then entered the building and fired indiscriminately upon people on multiple floors, according to Police Chief James A. Cervera. The gunman is believed to have used a .45-caliber handgun fitted with a suppressor, otherwise known as a silencer.

Four police officers responded to the scene and confronted the gunman shortly after the shooting began. Cervera said the officers, two detectives and two K9 handlers, exchanged fire with the city employee as he shot at them from various areas of the hallway.



“Due to the sounds of gunfire, they were able to locate the floor on which the suspect was committing his carnage,” Cervera said.

The police chief described the exchange as a “long-term gun battle” between the gunman and the four police officers.

The gunman was struck by the gunfire, and the officers immediately began performing first aid as he was taken to an EMT, police said. The gunman was later pronounced dead.

“Due to the sounds of gunfire, they were able to locate the floor on which the suspect was committing his carnage,” Cervera said.

The police chief described the exchange as a “long-term gun battle” between the gunman and the four police officers.

The gunman was struck by the gunfire, and the officers immediately began performing first aid as he was taken to an EMT, police said. The gunman was later pronounced dead.


Cervera said that police discovered multiple extended magazines that were empty, suggesting that the gunman reloaded his weapon during his attack.

Police initially said that 11 people were killed and six others were injured in the shooting. Cervera said later Friday night that one more victim had died at the hospital. There were four people hospitalized and in surgery late Friday.

This is the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. since Nov. 8, 2018, when a gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.



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