‘Your Heart Hurts Every Time A New Tragedy Happens’: Virginia Beach Gunman Kills 12 In Shooting Rampage

‘Your Heart Hurts Every Time A New Tragedy Happens’: Virginia Beach Gunman Kills 12 In Shooting Rampage

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Eleven of the victims were city employees, with tenures ranging from 11 months to more than 40 years. Many worked in the Public Utilities Department, the same department where the suspected shooter had worked as an engineer for about 15 years, according to police. The country’s latest mass shooting sends waves of grief through the network of survivors who have lived through similar crimes. The resignation email arrived in the morning, and the gunfire started in the afternoon. DeWayne Craddock, an engineer who had worked for the City of Virginia Beach for about 15 years, notified his superiors on Friday that he intended to quit. Then at around 4 p.m., he embarked on a rampage in Building No. 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, turning its offices and corridors into a battleground. When it was over, 12 people lay dead and Mr. Craddock was fatally wounded. (Thrush and Blinder, 6/2) Investigators, Craddock’s former co-workers and residents of this stricken oceanside community on Sunday continued to grasp for clues to what precipitated the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since November. Armed with two .45-caliber pistols, at least one of them equipped with a sound suppressor and extended magazine, Craddock killed 12 people before dying in a gun battle with police. (Miller, Jamison and Weiner, 6/2) Mr. Hansen said the suspect sent an email to his supervisors on Friday morning to say he was resigning from the public utilities department, where he had worked as an engineer for […]

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