Virginia Beach shooter submitted resignation hours before massacre, police say

Virginia Beach shooter submitted resignation hours before massacre, police say

LaQuita C. "Quita" Brown, 39, of Chesapeake, was a public works right-of-way employee who had worked for the city for four years.

The man police say shot and killed 12 people and injured others Friday at the city's Municipal Center apparently emailed his resignation hours before the carnage. He was fatally wounded in a lengthy shootout with police.

According to a Sentara update Sunday morning, three of the patients in Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital are "in critical condition - one of them was fair but is critical this morning due to post-surgery recovery". The shooting spree was among the deadliest episodes of workplace violence in the United States in recent years.

A city official told the Associated Press on Monday the resignation letter had been brief and had not contained any indication of his plans to attack the office building.

He added that investigators were still trying to determine a motive.

Maybe with a few more days of investigation, we'll have a clearer picture of what motivated Craddock to murder his co-workers.

Hansen said Craddock was not forced to resign and that Craddock's "performance was satisfactory". "Whether employment status had anything to do with these events?"

"The document itself is part of the investigative file", city Communications Director Julie Hill said in an email. This story has not been corroborated by city officials.

"I worked with him".

"I will tell you, he was not terminated, and he was not in the process of being terminated". Another who did not want to be named said the gunman was "a nice guy" and "not a monster".

Joseph Scott said he worked with the shooter for several years and saw him that day.

On Friday, that same colleague survived the shooting by barricading himself in an office with others. They never know what call that they're gonna get either a violent situation or whatever.

What we know: About 40 members of law enforcement, mostly Federal Bureau of Investigation, scoured Building 2 to collect evidence. Both guns were purchased legally. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said Northam doesn't have any real power to impose new gun limits and any efforts to do so would be an attempt to deflect attention away his scandal. However, Scott -aware that information about Craddock will be available in the wake of the shooting-said to CNN, "I liked him". Six worked in the same department as the suspect. He had a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

He served in the Virginia National Guard from 1996 to 2002, and was assigned to a Norfolk-based battalion as a cannon crew member, a guard spokesman said, adding that Craddock's records do not indicate any overseas deployments.

While it can not be determined at this point whether Craddock's time in the National Guard had any role in shaping the behavior that would ultimately lead to his murderous outburst, the military plays a large role in the economy and culture of Virginia Beach. Hampton Roads is known for its large military presence and is home to about 20 military facilities.

The shooting sent shock waves through Virginia Beach, the state's largest city and a popular vacation spot in southeastern Virginia. NAS Oceana is the largest employer in Virginia Beach. "I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities overseas, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations". CBN was founded in 1960 in nearby Portsmouth by Robertson, who had recently become a born-again Christian.

"These are 12 individuals who came to work. thinking they would go home in the evening, and they didn't return and it left a tremendous void in their families and in our community", Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said at a news conference.

Lawmakers universally condemned the killings, with many Democrats calling for stricter gun control laws that have been repeatedly blocked by Republicans in the General Assembly. The Christian right's assault on democratic and reproductive rights and its dissemination of reactionary and anti-scientific views are also dismissed.

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