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12 dead, 6 injured in shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center
https://pilotonline.com/news/government/local/article_777b737e-83e3-11e9-b1d0-dff7ad725d5e.html

As many as you know my nieces were in the thick of things in the Parkland, FL shooting. Now my brother-in-law who is an engineer for the VA Beach county sewer district was at ground zero for this mayhem. (I need this like I need a hole in my head.)

My wife just spoke to her brother who works in VA Beach as an engineer for the sewer district. His co-worker was the the shooter. He described him as a quiet black guy with a high pitched voice. A little odd but a nice guy.

The only reason my BIL survived was his other co-worker said hello to the shooter in the parking lot and he took 5 shots at her and missed. She called her boss (my BIL's boss) and told him to hide. In his his boss' office is an alcove where you can't be seen and both of them took refuge there.

I'm waiting to hear more. Will post as soon as things become available that are not in the news.
 

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12 dead, 6 injured in shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center
https://pilotonline.com/news/government/local/article_777b737e-83e3-11e9-b1d0-dff7ad725d5e.html

As many as you know my nieces were in the thick of things in the Parkland, FL shooting. Now my brother-in-law who is an engineer for the VA Beach county sewer district was at ground zero for this mayhem. (I need this like I need a hole in my head.)

My wife just spoke to her brother who works in VA Beach as an engineer for the sewer district. His co-worker was the the shooter. He described him as a quiet black guy with a high pitched voice. A little odd but a nice guy.

The only reason my BIL survived was his other co-worker said hello to the shooter in the parking lot and he took 5 shots at her and missed. She called her boss (my BIL's boss) and told him to hide. In his his boss' office is an alcove where you can't be seen and both of them took refuge there.

I'm waiting to hear more. Will post as soon as things become available that are not in the news.
Wow man! Thank God for no personal loss for your family. Another strange one right out of the gate!!!
 

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"...he took 5 shots at her and missed." Lucky lady...

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The guy's name was Duwayne. Rumor had it that someone was going to get fired and he went crazy.

According to my BIL the guy was a mild mannered black guy with a high pitched voice. Very quiet. In fact, he said he had an email conversation with the shooter on a project this morning with no clue that this was going to happen.

My BIL claims that his co-worker who was shot at five times and missed called his boss and told them to hide and that was the only reason they avoided harm.

My BIL said that one of his co-worker was shot in the head and he heard him say "Don't do this!" Then bang!

Definitely going to be a long weekend for the family.

My BIL said he went straight to a AA meeting because he feared what he would do in reaction to this. I don't know much about AA but they seem to have one heck of a support group ready at a moments notice.
 

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My BIL said he went straight to a AA meeting because he feared what he would do in reaction to this. I don't know much about AA but they seem to have one heck of a support group ready at a moments notice.
Dealing with life on life's terms. Your BIL had a choice and he made a good one.
 

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if he wasn't getting fired (or was he?) why'd he go off the reservation?
 

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Interesting that this happened in a "gun free zone" (yet again!) since most of VA Beach, Northfolk, Chesapeake and Hampton are full of people who carry (LEO, Military, or just plain prepared civilians) and never have an issue.
 

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I don't condone it (obviously) but probably will happen more and more, men are treated like 2nd class citizens in this country and that job was probably all he had. "the guy was a mild mannered black guy with a high pitched voice. Very quiet." Turns out even betas have a snapping point.
 

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VIRGINIA BEACH
A longtime city employee shot and killed 11 people and injured six others after opening fire late Friday afternoon in the public works building, making it the country's deadliest mass shooting this year.

Police said officers killed the man, whom they did not name, after he fired at them.

One officer was shot during the exchange but was saved by his bulletproof vest, Police Chief James Cervera said during a news conference a couple of hours after the incident in the city's Municipal Center in Princess Anne.

"This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach," Mayor Bobby Dyer said in the news conference. "The people involved are our friends, co-workers, neighbors and colleagues."

Friday’s rampage is believed to be the worst mass killing in Virginia Beach’s history. Prior to this week, a shooting on June 30, 1994, at the Witchduck Inn held that distinction: Four people — the business owner, two employees and a patron — were shot to death at the restaurant. It also came on the heels of a shooting in Chesapeake's Holly Cove community over Memorial Day weekend that left one dead and nine others injured.

In the U.S., it is the deadliest attack since the November shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in California, when 12 people were killed.

The shooter on Friday was a current employee of the public utilities department, Cervera said.

The gunfire began shortly after 4 p.m. as workers were preparing to leave for the weekend. The shooting occurred in building 2, next to City Hall near the intersection of Nimmo Parkway and Princess Anne Boulevard. The planning, public utilities, public works departments, among others, are located there.

Megan Banton, an administrative assistant in the public utilities office where the man worked, said her supervisor heard a noise then shouted for everyone to get down.

The supervisor then pulled Banton and others into her office and shoved a desk against the door while Banton called 911.

"It felt like forever," Banton said.

Zand Bakhtiari was one of only five people left in the geographic information services department — located on the first floor of the building — at the end of the day Friday when his supervisor, who had left the office, texted to say there was an active shooter and to shelter in place.

Bakhtiari wasn’t nervous until he heard the gunshots — lots of them, one round in quick succession. He said it sounded like an automatic weapon.

“It was repeated, rapid gunfire,” he said. It sounded like it was coming from above or below him on the second floor or the basement, he said.

After a few minutes — Bakhtiari doesn’t know how much time passed — the bullets stopped, but the fire alarm had been set off. And he could smell the gunpowder.

He assumed it was over when he heard the fire alarm, but he and his coworkers didn’t know whether to evacuate or stay put, so they all came out of their individual offices and huddled together.

After about 10 minutes, officers and SWAT team members came in, told them to duck down and keep their hands up as they escorted employees out and checked every room.

Arthur Felton, an 18-year employee in the planning department, was also inside when the shooting started. He evacuated the building after a coworker heard gunshots.

“I never thought this would happen in my building," Felton said. "The people who were shot — I’m sure I know most of them.”

Employees' family members are being sent to Princess Anne Middle School to reunite with loved ones.

Paul Swain's fiancé sent him a text message at 4:17 p.m. that said, “They are shooting on my floor.” He said he drove to the Municipal Center so fast he was pulled over for speeding.


The officer let him go when he told him why he was driving fast.

Swain made it to the area but was directed to reunite with his fiancé at Princess Anne Middle School.

“My heart is just pounding,” he said as he waited to see her again.

Police did not allow media on the school’s property. When he walked into the school, he said, he was greeted by staff who had a checklist of names. People were waiting for their families in the cafeteria, he said.

Amy Woody is trying to find her neighbor of 20 years who didn’t come home from her job at the city. She said her neighbor always returns home around 4 p.m. but wasn't answering her text messages or phone calls. Woody arrived at the school shortly after 8:30 p.m. with her two dogs.

“I just want to make sure she is OK,” she said. “It’s definitely a very solemn feeling right now. It’s hard.”

Cheryl Benn rushed to the school after getting a frantic call from her husband, David, who is a traffic engineer and works in the building. At first all she could hear when he called was sirens.

She said her husband barricaded himself in a room away from the shooter and held the door shut until police told him it was safe to leave.

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"He was definitely a little freaked out," Benn said.

While her husband gave detectives a statement, Benn waited outside the school with her dog.

"Some of those people could be his coworkers," she said.

Public Works spokesman Drew Lankford, who works in the building where the shooting occurred, left the office on Friday afternoon to get a haircut. While he was gone, his daughter called and said there had been a shooter in his work building.

His daughter, who works in the City Hall building nearby, said security told people to get under their desks. He rushed back to the office and saw police taking cover behind parked cars with their guns drawn.

City Councilwoman Barbara Henley had just pulled up to the City Hall building just after 4 p.m. to pick up the agenda as she does every week when she heard sirens and saw police cars.

"I thought it was an accident," Henley said.

As she parked in the lot between buildings 1 and 2, she noticed city employees standing outside using their cellphones. Someone told her there was a shooting and she should leave. Henley had gotten back in her car when she heard a male voice shout, "Get down!"

People scattered.

"I was scared to death," Henley said.

She quickly drove home.

Henley said she's never seen a situation like this before at the Municipal Center, adding that security has recently been "beefed up" in the City Hall building as a result of shooting incidents across the nation. Not all the municipal buildings at the complex take the same security measures, she said.

Staff writers Gordon Rago, Stacy Parker, Mike Connors, Robyn Sidersky, and Elisha Sauers contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check pilotonline.com for more details.

https://pilotonline.com/news/govern...T28wb_P73vW4yf7939Tv9vee9aSj1t5ZBd8o2ZrmzfvQw
 
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Thank God your BIL is safe. Prayers for the wounded & the families involved....
 

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This one has me sorrowful. People at work being murdered by someone who knew them? How does this happen? This is not a gun control issue. This is something else entirely.
 

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This one has me sorrowful. People at work being murdered by someone who knew them? How does this happen? This is not a gun control issue. This is something else entirely.
this is at least the third mass shooting featuring same over last year -- black males getting fired/etc. one in houston.....one in the rust belt, now this...
 

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This man is a special kind of creepy
 

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this is at least the third mass shooting featuring same over last year -- black males getting fired/etc. one in houston.....one in the rust belt, now this...
Personally I don't think it has much to do with race. Moreso that traditional, religious values are being thrown by the wayside. Younger women now all want the top 10-20% of men (and can get it short term at least via online dating) and everyone else is screwed unless they want a single mother/obese woman. Going forward its just going to get worse, less and less men will have any real investment in society due to this. If you aren't in that top tier of men you are expected to just be a workhorse slaving away for the taxman and corporations (that show you zero appreciation for your efforts as well) with little chance of fulfilling your biological imperative of reproducing unless you are really willing to date down. Not only do they show you zero appreciation for your efforts but the mainstream media tells us about how all men are evil and now men get to deal with the metoo era. So on the one hand the media is telling young men that you should be extremely respectful and that you damn near need a consent form for each individual step in a sexual encounter. Meanwhile in the real world there's no way to dry a woman up faster than literally asking permission, and for a lot of women sex is considered boring if you aren't at least a little rough. (not all women yes I know) Going a little off topic now, apologies for the rant.

This guy is a clown for going out and randomly killing people, but a black guy who is quiet with a high pitched voice? Probably never got a date in his life. Almost all young women are pretty superficial these days and prefer the cool thug types, but its even worse in the black community from everything I've heard. Some black guys who are successful financially (and even decent looking) complain that they can't even get a girl because they act "too white". /end rant
 

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Personally I don't think it has much to do with race. Moreso that traditional, religious values are being thrown by the wayside. Younger women now all want the top 10-20% of men (and can get it short term at least via online dating) and everyone else is screwed unless they want a single mother/obese woman. Going forward its just going to get worse, less and less men will have any real investment in society due to this. If you aren't in that top tier of men you are expected to just be a workhorse slaving away for the taxman and corporations (that show you zero appreciation for your efforts as well) with little chance of fulfilling your biological imperative of reproducing unless you are really willing to date down. Not only do they show you zero appreciation for your efforts but the mainstream media tells us about how all men are evil and now men get to deal with the metoo era. So on the one hand the media is telling young men that you should be extremely respectful and that you damn near need a consent form for each individual step in a sexual encounter. Meanwhile in the real world there's no way to dry a woman up faster than literally asking permission, and for a lot of women sex is considered boring if you aren't at least a little rough. (not all women yes I know) Going a little off topic now, apologies for the rant.

This guy is a clown for going out and randomly killing people, but a black guy who is quiet with a high pitched voice? Probably never got a date in his life. Almost all young women are pretty superficial these days and prefer the cool thug types, but its even worse in the black community from everything I've heard. Some black guys who are successful financially (and even decent looking) complain that they can't even get a girl because they act "too white". /end rant
i read that it is/was married

dumbass had a good title/job....good resume.......affirm action. he would have landed on his feet. but the rage + lack of foresight got him.

that IS a characteristic of that race (relative to other races). logos
 
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i read that it is/was married

dumbass had a good title/job....good resume.......affirm action. he would have landed on his feet. but the rage + lack of foresight got him.

that IS a characteristic of that race (relative to other races). logos
Another thing to consider is that the media plays the race card so damn often that black people are going to naturally start seeing racism where it doesn't really exist in the first place. Which possibly could of happened here, usually you have to be pretty damn incompetent to get fired from a government job.

You get into a college/job because of affirmative action (but you don't realize this). In reality you were never qualified to be there in the first place. You think you are qualified and intelligent enough for the job but in reality you aren't, as a consequence your co-workers treat you somewhat poorly due to poor performance. Not because you are black but because you are unqualified/not capable of performing the job, you don't realize this and think everyone is a racist POS.
 

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This one has me sorrowful. People at work being murdered by someone who knew them? How does this happen? This is not a gun control issue. This is something else entirely.
What meds was he on? I’d bet some anti depressants.
 

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12 dead, 6 injured in shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center
https://pilotonline.com/news/government/local/article_777b737e-83e3-11e9-b1d0-dff7ad725d5e.html

As many as you know my nieces were in the thick of things in the Parkland, FL shooting. Now my brother-in-law who is an engineer for the VA Beach county sewer district was at ground zero for this mayhem. (I need this like I need a hole in my head.)

My wife just spoke to her brother who works in VA Beach as an engineer for the sewer district. His co-worker was the the shooter. He described him as a quiet black guy with a high pitched voice. A little odd but a nice guy.

The only reason my BIL survived was his other co-worker said hello to the shooter in the parking lot and he took 5 shots at her and missed. She called her boss (my BIL's boss) and told him to hide. In his his boss' office is an alcove where you can't be seen and both of them took refuge there.

I'm waiting to hear more. Will post as soon as things become available that are not in the news.
WOW !! Angels were with her in the parking lot encounter. Great presents of thought to call in while still in a very stressful situation herself. Prays Going out for all involved.
 

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Another thing to consider is that the media plays the race card so damn often that black people are going to naturally start seeing racism where it doesn't really exist in the first place. Which possibly could of happened here, usually you have to be pretty damn incompetent to get fired from a government job.

You get into a college/job because of affirmative action (but you don't realize this). In reality you were never qualified to be there in the first place. You think you are qualified and intelligent enough for the job but in reality you aren't, as a consequence your co-workers treat you somewhat poorly due to poor performance. Not because you are black but because you are unqualified/not capable of performing the job, you don't realize this and think everyone is a racist POS.
No excuse! Black men can ignore the MSM like everyone else. To blame the media for making the decision to go out and kill coworkers because your feelings are hurt cause 'muh racism' is a cop out and simply isn't an excuse.
 

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So far, nothing new to add that isn’t in the news already.

Time to let everyone decompress. If I hear any back story items from my in-law I’ll post it.
 

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Virginia Beach shooting victims were veteran city employees
All but one of the victims were city employees.

Author: Suzanne Nuyen, TEGNA
Published: 8:21 AM MDT June 1, 2019
Updated: 9:41 AM MDT June 1, 2019

The 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered Saturday during a somber news conference as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the gunman.
"We want you to know who they were so you can learn in the weeks and months to come what they meant to all of us, their families, their friends and their coworkers," City Manager Dave Hansen said at a press conference. "They leave a void that we will never be able to fill."

City Manager Dave Hansen said he had worked for years with many of the dead, 11 of whom were city employees. The 12th was a contractor trying to get a permit.

Their names and photos were projected on a screen as Hansen read aloud biographical information that included their hometowns and years of service.

The victims are:

Laquita C. Brown of Chesapeake: A right-of-way agent with more than 4 years in public works.
Tara Welch Gallagher of Virginia Beach: An engineer with 6 years in public works.
Mary Louise Gayle of Virginia Beach: A right-of-way agent with 24 years in public works.
Alexander Mikhail Gusev of Virginia Beach: A right-of-way agent with 9 years in public works.
Katherine A. Nixon of Virginia Beach: An engineer with 10 years in public utilities.
Richard H. Nettleton of Norfolk: An engineer with 28 years in public utilities.
Christopher Kelly Rapp of Powhatan: An engineer with 11 months in public works.
Ryan Keith Cox of Virginia Beach: An account clerk with more than 12 years in public utilities.
Joshua A. Hardy of Virginia Beach: An engineering technician with more than 4 years in public utilities.
Michelle "Missy" Langer of Virginia Beach: An administrative assistant with 12 years in public utilities.
Robert "Bobby" Williams of Chesapeake: Special projects coordinator with 41 years in public utilities.
Herbert "Bert" Snelling of Virginia Beach: A contractor who was there to fill a permit.

Chaplains and family assistance workers worked through the night to notify relatives — a job that Hansen described as "the most difficult task anyone will ever have to do."
 

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This malignant piece of crap did not care about the color of his victims, why does MSM care about his? This latest "Falling Down" loser is just a piece of garbage.
 

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What meds was he on? I’d bet some anti depressants.
Two things that are a sure bet.

He was on psyche 'medicine' and the media wont cover it.

I saw a commercial on a med that did something fairly innocuous, something womany, and the side effects were suicidal thoughts and bone loss....Eeee-yikes!
And the add for anti -deppresants who's side effect are depression and suicidal thoughts are pretty much claiming on their own accord they don't work.
 

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The Virginia Beach Police had a workshop planned Saturday on mass shootings

The Virginia Beach Police Department had scheduled a free community workshop for Saturday morning on what to do during mass shootings. About 24 hours before the class, a disgruntled employee opened fire in a city building, killing 12 people, police said.



At least 36 people intended to attend the Active Threat Citizen Defense session, according to the department's Facebook page. The workshop has since been canceled, police said early Saturday.



The class was planned days before the shooting and highlighted the need to prepare for potential active threat situations.

"Having to face an armed individual with bad intentions is every person's worst nightmare," the class description said. "You can't stop evil, you can only respond to it. The aggressor's actions are not your fault; failure to plan and failure to train, is."



The class was aimed at enhancing preparedness for citizens to "rise to the occasion" during such situations.



The teachings would have included recognizing hostile situations, utilizing common items for defense and a "no-skills needed" maneuver to combat a gunman.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/01/us/virginia-beach-police-saturday-mass-shooting-workshop-trnd/index.html
 

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What meds was he on? I’d bet some anti depressants.
Further, who were his psych handlers?

FAR more effective than the dude who committed self-immolation on the WH lawn.

So, what is the motive of the handlers/controllers?

Gun control is too obvious.

News cycle shift accomplished.
 
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Who Is DeWayne Craddock? Virginia Beach Mass Shooter Identified As Disgruntled Employee
Written By NewsOne Staff
Posted 18 hours ago

UPDATED: 3:19 a.m., June 1 — The death toll has risen after a mass shooting in Virginia Beach municipal building on Friday. A 12th person died from the gun violence that was allegedly perpetrated by DeWayne Craddock, a 40-year-old longtime city worker who was reportedly disgruntled after being fired recently.
The 12th shooting victim reportedly died on the way to the hospital.


LMAO! - THIS IS SIMILAR TO PHOTO CNN IS RUNNING

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DeWayne Craddock: Photo & Army Bio of Virginia Beach Shooter

  • Updated Jun 1, 2019 at 2:13pm
This is the first photo of Craddock to emerge. It was an old work photo:


DeWayne Craddock

Before he became one of the nation’s mass shooters, DeWayne Craddock was a public utilities engineer who once served in the Virginia National Guard, according to the U.S. Military.

That’s the biography that is emerging about Craddock, 40, whose background seemed unblemished – at least based on what is known publicly so far – or at least doesn’t seem to predict mass murder. He doesn’t appear to have a criminal history, for example, and his life trajectory took him from high school in Virginia to the military to private firms to public service.

See photos and read about each of the victims here. Here’s an example of what’s known about the victims. On victim Ryan Keith Cox, Michele Day wrote on Facebook:


“So torn to know that this happened in my ‘other’ city. Even more torn to know that my Virginia Beach pastor’s son is among the dead. I knew Ryan ‘Keith’ Cox for over 30 years. He was a great guy, he was pleasant, and always showed me love. We were in the choir together and he could sing! My heart is aching for my VB pastor and his beautiful wife. God please be with the Cox’s and the other families during this tragic time.”​

Until now. Police say what Craddock did on May 31, 2019 was utterly horrific; he barged into the City of Virginia Beach Municipal Complex where he worked, building 2, where public works and other city agencies are located. Then, he opened fire on co-workers and others. Even a man who was just there to get a permit was not spared. Indiscriminately, police say, Craddock fired. Shooting whomever he could, and, in the end, taking 12 lives and losing his own (police shot him; he also wounded a cop.)

Here’s what you need to know about Craddock’s Army and other bio:

Craddock Entered the Army National Guard After High School, Reports Say

The National Guard provided Heavy with this information. “”Dewayne A. Craddock enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in April 1996. He was assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a 13B cannon crew member. He was discharged in April 15 2002, and held the rank of specialist at the time of his discharge.” It was released by MSG W. Michael Houk, Spokesman, National Guard Bureau, via A. A. “Cotton” Puryear, State Public Affairs Officer, Virginia National Guard. Heavy asked whether the discharge is honorable or otherwise, and received this response from Houk, “The character of his discharge is not releasable information.”

Here’s an old yearbook picture:




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#39
Just posting as I come across information. Dont know yet if this is true.

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