A disgruntled veteran public utilities employee stormed a government building in the US State of Virginia and fired indiscriminately on multiple floors at his co-workers, killing at least 12 people and wounding six others, police said on Saturday, in the latest incident of the mass shooting in the country.
The gunman was killed when police responded to the shooting in the southeastern coastal city of Virginia Beach.
The suspect, a long-term and current Virginia Beach city employee, fired “indiscriminately” on multiple floors in a public utility building, the police said.
Police Chief James Cervera told reporters there was an exchange of gunfire with officers and a police officer whose ballistic vest stopped a bullet was injured.
Craddock, 40, worked as a certified professional engineer for the city of Virginia Beach in the Public Utilities Department. He is listed on department news releases as a point of contact for information on local road projects over the past several years.
“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach. The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbour, colleagues,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said.
The shooter was a disgruntled employee, the report said, quoting a Virginia government source.
“The President has been briefed on the shooting in Virginia Beach, VA and continues to monitor the situation,” White House said.
“This is a horrific day for the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are devastated by the tragic shooting in Virginia Beach,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam after visiting the scene.
The shooting took place shortly after 4 PM within the sprawling Virginia Beach Municipal Center, a campus of city offices and agencies, including the Police Department, when the gunman entered the public works department building of the city’s municipal centre.
Officials said that gunman shot an unarmed security guard outside the bar, went in and continued shooting, injuring other security workers, employees and patrons.