A dissatisfied city employee opened fire at the municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Friday afternoon, killing 11 people and wounding at least six others before he was killed himself, the city’s police chief stated.
Chief James Cervera stated the exact circumstances of the shooting in the coastal resort city is still under investigation. He gave out a few details, however, of what was known, but stated by a police officer was among those who were struck by gunfire but survived.
Cervera cited the suspect was a longtime current municipal employee, and described him as “disgruntled.” However, it was not made immediately clear whether the gunman took his own life or was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.
According to Cervera, the shooting unfolded briefly after 4 p.m. at Building Two of the municipal center complex, a facility that houses the city’s public works and utilities next door to City Hall.
Virginia Beach located on the Atlantic coast at the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay, is the state’s most populous city with roughly 450,000 year-round residents.
Mayor Bobby Dyer stated at a news conference with the police chief, “This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,.The people involved are our friends, co-workers, neighbors, colleagues.”