Twelve dead and six injured in shooting at Virginia Beach municipal center: Long-time city worker opens fire ‘at random’ near to his office before cops return fire and kill him
- Virginia Beach police say the shooter died after police returned fire Friday
- Gunman was ‘longterm, current’ city of Virginia Beach public utilities employee
- The shooter opened fire in Building 2 of the municipal center, close to City Hall
- ‘The most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach’, Mayor Dyer said
- An officer was injured in the shooting and was saved by his bulletproof vest
Twelve people have died, including the gunman, after a long time city worker opened fire near his office in a devastating shooting at Virginia Beach municipal center that has also injured six others, including a police officer.
Law enforcement say they believe there was one active shooter who shot ‘at random’. That person – said to be a disgruntled current employee – died in the incident after police returned fire.
Sources had told WAVY the injured officer is expected to survive and police chief Jim Cevera confirmed he was saved by his bulletproof vest.
An emotional Cevera said the shooter was a ‘longterm, current’ city of Virginia Beach public utilities employee.
He added: ‘There’s no way to describe an incident such as this.’
Mayor Bobby Dyer said: ‘This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach. The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbors and colleagues.’
At least two of those injured are currently being treated at hospital, according to reports
Images from the scene show a heavy police presence and workers crying and comforting one another as they are evacuated from the building
The courthouse was placed on lockdown after the incident at Building 2 in the 2400 block of Courthouse Drive and law enforcement asked that people avoid the area.
Virginia Beach PD had tweeted: ‘ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION-municipal center, building 2. Multiple injuries. At this time it is believed that only 1 shooter, and they have been taken into custody. More to follow.
‘Please avoid the municipal center area. PAO staging area is being set up at the ECCS center reference the Active Shooter incident.’
Images from the scene show a heavy police presence and workers crying and comforting one another as they are evacuated from the building.
Local reports say at least six people are being treated at hospital but there is no further information on the extent of their injuries.
The officer shot is reported to be a a sergeant with department for more than ten years.
Governor Ralph Northam is said to be ‘actively monitoring the situation’ and has arrived at the scene.
Police chief Jim Cevera, left, confirmed 11 people plus the gunman died in the shooting Friday. Virginia Beach Police Officers huddle near the intersection of Princess Anne Road and Nimmo Parkway, right, following the shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center
Virginia Beach Police respond to an active shooter after the incident at Building 2 in the 2400 block of Courthouse Drive
Police tweeted there had been multiple injuries and the suspect has been taken into custody
Administrative assistant Megan Banton was in Building 2 and said workers barricaded themselves in offices and were told ‘this is not a drill’.
She said: ‘I have an 11-month old baby at home and all I could think about was him and trying to make it home to him.’