Virginia Beach shooting: The gunman was violent with his co-workers
GUNS. Virginia Beach is mourning following the mass shooting that killed 12 employees on Friday. The shooter had experienced serious conflicts at work before causing the death of his colleagues in the municipal building.
Virginia Beach gunman DeWayne Craddock, 40, launched the attack after brushing his teeth and sharing pleasantries with a fellow engineer, according to the New York Post.
Craddock was still employed as an engineer with the Department of Public Utilities when he went on his shooting rampage Friday a Virginia Beach municipal building, killing 12 and injuring several others, including a cop.
The gunman who had at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center sent a brief two-week notice that didn't seem to foreshadow the massacre that would unfold hours later, according to CNN.
DeWayne Craddock's last day was scheduled to be June 14, according to a copy of the two-sentence resignation email sent Friday morning.
He cited "personal reasons" for his resignation, said CNN.
The gunman had been facing disciplinary action for a violent fight at work, according to a report, according to the New York Post.
He recently started showing serious behavioral problems and got into physical “scuffles” with other city workers, a source told The New York Times.
The source told the paper that the troubles had escalated in the week leading up to the mass shooting.
Craddock reportedly knew he was facing disciplinary action for the fight when he went into the municipal building with two .45-caliber handguns, both purchased legally.
A silencer on the handgun
Police say the shooter attached a suppressor, also known as a silencer, to one of the handgun. Did it make Friday's shooting deadlier ? What we can say of is that adding this equipment is a sign that the suspect carefully planned the attack.
REPORTER: "The suspect in the Virginia Beach shooting used a silencer on his weapon. Do you believe that silencers should be restricted?"— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 3, 2019
PRESIDENT TRUMP: "I don’t like them at all." pic.twitter.com/Xsi0q2VxHQ
Virginia is among 42 states that allow residents to purchase and possess suppressors, though some cities, including Virginia Beach, prohibit them.
When people hear the sound of a gunshot, they know to run, hide or call the police. Hearing and identifying a gunshot can mean the difference between life and death. Virginia Beach witnesses said they thought the gunshots were a nail gun or were coming from outside the building.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 3, 2019
A hero account clerk died in the massacre after leaving a safe spot to try to save his work friends, it emerged Sunday.
Pastor’s son Ryan Keith Cox, 50, was with nine city staffers who reached a safe room as shots rang out in the municipal building on Friday, according to NPR.
”Heartfelt condolences to the victims"
Donald Trump paid respect to Virginia shooting victims by visiting the McLean Bible Church. The President prayed with Pastor David Platt during church service.
Craddock's family posted a handwritten note outside their Yorktown, Va. home, offering ”heartfelt condolences to the victims,” according to The Washington Post.
Thousands of city workers poured into the Convention Center on Monday to grieve their colleagues shot by a co-worker and discussing ways to cope with the tragedy.
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