Twelve dead in a shooting at Virginia Beach municipal center

At least eleven dead and six injured in shooting at Virginia Beach municipal center: ‘Disgruntled’ city worker opens fire ‘at random’ near 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  

Eleven people have died after a long time, disgruntled 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 before cops fatally shot the gunman.  

Law enforcement say they believe there was one active shooter who shot ‘at random’. That person – said to be a disgruntled current employee – also 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.

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.’ 

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