The 150th mass shooting this year.
Courtesy of CNN:
The shooter who opened fire indiscriminately in a Virginia Beach city building Friday afternoon, killing 12 people and sending at least four others to the hospital, was a disgruntled employee, a Virginia government source briefed on the investigation told CNN.
The shooter, a public utilities worker, died after a long, moving gunfight with officers, Police Chief James Cervera told reporters.
Four people were in surgery Friday night, the chief said. Hospital officials said three people are in critical condition and one is in fair condition.
“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” said Mayor Bobby Dyer. “The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbor, colleagues.”
Cervera said one person was shot in a car and the gunman fired indiscriminately as he went through all three floors of Building 2 at the city’s municipal center.
An officer involved in the gunfight was shot. The officer survived, thanks to a ballistic vest, the police chief said.
Earlier reports suggested that this individual a disgruntled employee who was recently fired, but now we have learned that he was currently employed.
Police describe him as “disgruntled.” Which seems to be a polite way of saying “homicidal.”
The weapon used was a 45 caliber pistol with a silencer and multiple extended magazines.
The gun battle lasted an extended amount of time as police attempted to stop the assailant, and many rounds went back and forth before the shooter was eventually killed by police.
This is once again a senseless act of violence made more horrific by our easy access to guns in this country.
Reports are that the gunman bought his weapons legally.