Shooter identified in Virginia Beach Shooting

40-year-old DeWayne Craddock worked for the city as an engineer. Police said the gun he used was bought legally.

Posted: Jun 1, 2019 9:50 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - An official with the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives says investigators have identified two .45 caliber pistols used in the shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building that killed 12.

Speaking at a news conference Saturday afternoon, ATF regional special agent Ashan Benedict says all indications are that the guns were bought legally. He says one gun was bought in 2016 and the other was bought last year.

Benedict says two other weapons were found at the gunman's home.

The gunman was identified as DeWayne Craddock. Eleven city employees and one contractor were killed in the Friday afternoon shooting at a municipal building. Craddock was killed in the ensuing gun battle with police.

President Donald Trump has ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of the victims of a shooting in Virginia.

Trump said in a statement released by the White House on Saturday that he was ordering the action as a "mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence" on Friday.

Twelve people died when a gunman entered a Virginia Beach city municipal building Friday afternoon and started shooting. Police say 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock was confronted by officers a short time afterward and was killed.

Craddock worked for the city as an engineer, and authorities say 11 of his 12 victims were also city employees.

Four other people were hurt, including three who remain hospitalized in critical condition.

A handwritten note at the home of the Virginia Beach shootings suspect, who died in a shootout with police, expresses condolences to the shooting victims on behalf of the suspect's family.

The Washington Post reports the note was taped Saturday to the front door of the two-story house on the wooded road where DeWayne Craddock lived about an hour from the city.

It says: "The family of DeWayne Craddock wishes to send our heartfelt condolences to the victims. We are grieving the loss of our loved one." It says Craddock's family wants to focus on the victims of the shootings and offers thoughts and prayers for the relatives of the dead and wounded.

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