Virginia Beach gunman was engineer with military training

A gunman who killed 12 people at a municipal building in Virginia Beach has been named as DeWayne Craddock – an engineer with military training.

Craddock, who was shot dead after a lengthy gun battle, was employed as an engineer with the city’s public utilities department, police chief James Cervera said.

Craddock used a handgun fitted with a silencer to kill his victims, and police said “additional weapons” were found both at the scene and at his home.

Mr Cervera declined to discuss a motive.

Officials said they would never refer to Craddock by name again. “He will be forever referred to as the suspect because our focus now is the dignity and respect to the victims in this case and to their families,” Mr Cervera said.

City manager Dave Hansen said the victims’ families had been informed of their deaths through the night by chaplains and family assistance workers.

It was the “most difficult task anyone will ever have to do”, Mr Hansen said, adding that he had worked with most of the victims for many years.

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They leave a “void that we will never be able to fill”, he said.

Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen
Image: Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen speaking to reporters

Eleven of those who died were employed by the city.

They have been named as Laquita C Brown, Tara Welch Gallager, Mary Louise Gayle, Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Katherine A Nixon, Richard H Nettleton, Christopher Kelly Rapp, Ryan Keith Cox, Joshua A Hardy, Michelle
“Missy” Langer and Robert “Bobby” Williams.

The 12th victim was contractor Herbert “Bert” Snelling.

Four others were wounded, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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