Virginia Beach officials on Saturday identified DeWayne Craddock, a longtime Virginia Beach city worker who had recently been terminated, as the gunman who stormed the beach community’s municipal complex on Friday afternoon and opened fire, killing at least 12 and injuring several others.
[Officials have identified the victims.]
Mr. Craddock, 40, died in a shootout with the police. Here is what we know about him:
• Mr. Craddock worked as an engineer in the Department of Public Utilities, the city’s water and sanitary sewer services branch, for about 15 years. Mr. Craddock had a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University and worked for private firms as an engineer before his job with the city, according to employment records.
• There was no immediate indication that Mr. Craddock targeted anyone in particular, officials said.
• Mr. Craddock had no obvious criminal history, according to court records, although he did have several traffic violations over the years.
• Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said Mr. Craddock was armed with at least one weapon, a .45-caliber handgun that had a sound suppressor attached to it. He used extended magazines, which hold more ammunition than standard models.
• Chief Cervera, speaking at a news conference on Saturday morning, said he did not intend to say the name of the suspect, who was killed on Friday, again in public.
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