Twelve individuals had been killed and 4 had been injured in a capturing Friday afternoon on the Virginia Seaside Municipal Heart. The suspected gunman was additionally killed.
Virginia Seaside Police Chief James Cervera mentioned the shooter was a “longtime worker of public utilities” and at about four p.m. “started to indiscriminately fireplace upon all of the victims” utilizing a .45-caliber handgun with a number of prolonged magazines and a suppressor.
The suspect, who Cervera didn’t determine by identify, was killed after what was described as a “long-term gun battle” with 4 law enforcement officials. He’s not included within the 12 victims Cervera reported lifeless.
One of many individuals injured was a Virginia Seaside police officer, who officers mentioned was saved by his vest.
Cervera didn’t supply a motive within the capturing.
“Whereas the scene is safe, we now have a long-term investigative course of that’s being undertaken proper now,” he informed reporters Friday night. “There’s a variety of work to be finished.”
“We’ve extra questions than we now have solutions,” he added. “None of us need to be right here speaking about this devastating incident that’s going to vary the lives of a lot of households in our metropolis.”
The assault occurred in a single constructing within the 30-building complicated.
Chopper 10 Video: Folks had been rushed out of the constructing. We nonetheless do not know what number of victims there are, however the FBI confirmed they’re helping on this investigation. https://t.co/VYth6Wr64z #VBActiveShooter pic.twitter.com/D9CbniqNVq
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The FBI is additionally responding to the incident to help native authorities, an FBI spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is in Virginia Seaside and supplied the complete assets of the commonwealth to take care of the capturing’s aftermath.
“This can be a horrific day for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our hearts ache over the mindless violence that has been inflicted on the Virginia Seaside neighborhood right this moment,” he informed reporters Friday evening.
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