Authorities identify victims of Virginia Beach shooting, provide update on investigation

Authorities identify victims of Virginia Beach shooting, provide update on investigation

At least 12 people have been killed and six others injured, including a police officer, in a shooting at a government building in the U.S. state of Virginia, according to the BBC.

He didn't engage in much talk, Howerin said, adding "in the year I've been there, we've maybe had three conversations and that's about it". He was a current employee and was said to be "disgruntled". "We send our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims".

Officials said an officer was wounded when a bullet struck his vest.

"Nothing like this happens in Virginia Beach". He gave the latest details on the incident in a news conference.

He said the identity of the suspect was known to authorities, but that the man's name would be made public later, only once and never again.

Virginia Beach, which sits on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, is the state's most populous city with roughly 450,000 year-round residents.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called it "just a horrific day".

A White House spokesman said President Trump had been briefed about the shooting.

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Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., who represents the city in Congress, said her "heart is with" those affected by the shooting.

However, it was unclear if those shots were fired by police.

"That was enough to make me feel safe enough to come outside and that God was with us", she said.

"Chris recently moved to Virginia Beach and immediately joined the band after learning how to play the bagpipes from our friends in the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums", the post said.

He said he saw his fiancee from across the vehicle park, clearly in an agitated state.

Cervera said a more specific timeline of the deadly ramage would be released sometime on Sunday. On Saturday, community members gathered at an impromptu vigil in a supermarket parking lot to pay respects to the victims.

All but one were employees of the city of Virginia Beach, City Manager Dave Hansen said.

The gunman, walked through the building on Friday afternoon shooting people on different floors with a handgun which he reloaded multiple times, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said in a press conference Friday evening.

David Benn, a traffic engineer for the city, was inside Building Two when the shooting happened. One officer was injured and was expected to recover. A patient who was at Princess Anne Hospital was being transferred to Norfolk General Hospital, a Level I trauma center.

Virginia Beach police said a suspect was taken into custody after the shooting.

Another employee told the AP news agency she and others heard shooting, but did not think the gunfire was close. Four people were being treated at hospitals.

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