On Friday, a gunman in Virginia Beach opened fire in the municipal center, killing at least 12 people, as confirmed by the police. This has been described as one of the deadliest shootings this year. Many more were injured, and 4 people are in critical conditions as per reports. The suspect behind the attack was later identified as DeWayne Craddock, 40, a public utilities employee. 


After 4 p.m.(ET) at the end of the workday, the gunman walked into the public works department and started shooting “indiscriminately” at all the victims. He opened fire at all three floors of the building except for the basement. As a result, at least 12 people were killed on spot, others injured, 4 people critically injured – including a policeman who was saved by his bullet-proof vest. Later the suspect was engaged in a long shootout with the police in which he was fatally wounded. Virginia Beach Chief of Police Cervera said these officers “stopped this individual from committing more carnage.”

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Officials have finally released the name of the victims on Saturday. They are: Tara Welch Gallagher, of Virginia Beach; Mary Louise Gayle, of Virginia Beach; Alexander Mikhail Gusev, of Virginia Beach; Katherine A. Nixon, of Virginia Beach; Ryan Keith Cox, of Virginia Beach; Joshua A. Hardy, of Virginia Beach; Michelle “Missy” Langer, of Virginia Beach; Herbert “Bert” Snelling, of Virginia Beach; Laquita C. Brown, of Chesapeake; Robert “Bobby” Williams, of Chesapeake; Richard H. Nettleton, of Norfolk; and Christopher Kelly Rapp, of Powhatan. All except one of the victims were public utilities employees. A vigil was held on Saturday for the deceased by their family and friends and the entire community. President Donald Trump has offered his condolences to the victims’ families and to the Virginia Beach community. 


“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer.

Unanswered Questions

  • What was the motive behind the massacre?
  • What is the total number of victims and fatalities?
  • What does this incident mean for gun control laws? 
  • Is there more to this tragic shooting than just a “disgruntled employee”?
  • How many more shootings will take place until serious action is taken?

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