Employees at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center returned to work Monday — less than 72 hours after a deranged, gun-wielding ex-employee massacred 12 people there.
Workers returned to the school administration building and the courthouse, and the rest of the complex is expected to reopen Tuesday — except Building 2, where DeWayne Craddock, 40, shot 12 people in cold blood Friday before being fatally wounded in a shootout with police, according to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.
“It’s just somber. It’s surreal,” education department worker Amber Hester told the paper. “This is where we come to work every day. It’s just sad.”
Other government employees, meanwhile, gathered at the city’s convention center to grieve.
“It’s just shocking to me,” said public works employee Wesley Brown, 26. “It could have been any of us. What drove the man to do what he did?”
Craddock, an engineer with the Department of Public Works, e-mailed his two-weeks’ notice just hours before opening fire inside the building. Authorities are still searching for a motive.
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