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Virginia Beach gunman’s motive unclear


Names of the victims from Friday’s shooting are displayed during a vigil at Bridge Church on Saturday in Virginia Beach, Va. Associated Press/Photo by Patrick Semansky

Virginia Beach gunman’s motive unclear

The resignation email a gunman sent just hours before he opened fire Friday at a Virginia Beach, Va., municipal building did not offer any foreshadowing of the attack that killed 12 people, according to a city official. Law enforcement has not cleared the email for release since it has become part of the investigation, Virginia Beach Communications Director Julie Hill said. Officials have not said why DeWayne Craddock, 40, intended to leave his job as a civil engineer in the utilities department. He was an employee in good standing with a satisfactory job performance, City Manager Dave Hansen said.

Craddock killed 11 city employees and one contractor and injured at least four others at the Virginia Beach Municipal Building. He was wounded in a gun battle with police and later died at a hospital.

The city of Virginia Beach held a vigil for the victims the day after the shooting, displaying their names, photos, job titles, and hometowns. “They leave a void that we will never be able to fill,” Hansen said.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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