Officials identify all 12 Virginia Beach shooting victims

by Kim Boateng Posted on June 1st, 2019

Virginia Beach, Virginia: Virginia Beach officials on Saturday identified the twelve victims killed in a mass shooting. Eleven of the victims were city employees and one worked as a contractor at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

The gunman, identified as a city employee named Dwayne Craddock, died after a long gunfight with police.

A local police officer was wounded while confronting the gunman. Chief James Cervera said in a news conference Friday that the officer was saved by his bullet-proof vest.

What is known about the victims?

Laquita C. Brown, of Chesapeake
Brown worked as a right-of-way agent at Public Works for 4.5 years.

Tara Welch Gallagher, of Virginia Beach
Gallagher worked as an engineer at Public Works for six years.

Alexander Mikhail Gusev, of Virginia Beach
Gusev worked as right-of-way agent at Public Works for nine years.

Mary Louise Gayle, of Virginia Beach
She worked as a right-of-way agent at Public Works for 24 years.

Katherine A. Nixon, of Virginia Beach
Nixon worked as an engineer for Public Utilities for 10 years.

Richard H. Nettleton, of Norfolk
Nettleton worked as an engineer with Public Utilities for 28 years.

Christopher Kelly Rapp, of Powhatan
Rapp worked as an engineer with Public Works for just 11 months.

Ryan Keith Cox, of Virginia Beach
Cox worked as an account clerk with Public Utilities for 12.5 years

Joshua A. Hardy, of Virginia Beach
Hardy worked as an engineering technician with Public Utilities for 4.5 years.

Michelle “Missy” Langer, of Virginia Beach
Langer worked as an administrative assistant with Public Utilities for 12 years.

Robert “Bobby” Williams, of Chesapeake
Williams worked as a special projects coordinator with Public Utilities for 41 years.

Herbert “Bert” Snelling, of Virginia Beach
Snelling worked as a contractor.

What about the gunman?

Police said DeWayne Craddock, 40, had been employed as an engineer with the city’s public utilities department for 15 years.

According to AP news agency he had served in the military and was described by neighbours as quiet and “rarely smiling”.

Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera declined to comment on a motive for the shooting. He said the gunman had been armed with a .45-calibre semi-automatic pistol equipped with a sound suppressor and high-capacity magazines.

DeWayne Craddock is listed on department press releases as a point of contact for information on local road projects.

How did the shooting unfold?

The attack began shortly after 16:00 (20:00 GMT), at Virginia Beach Municipal Center. The area was put into lockdown by police and employees were evacuated.

One of the victims was shot outside in a car and the rest were found over three floors of the government building.

Four officers entered the building, located the gunman and engaged him, police said. The attacker was then shot dead.

According to US tracking website Gun Violence Archive, the incident is the 150th mass shooting in the US so far in 2019.

The site defines a mass shooting as a gun attack in which at least four people are either killed or wounded.


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