Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer, and Police Chief James Cervera faced the media on Friday, May 31, to confirm the deaths of several employees of the city at the hands of a suspected former coworker.
Northam called it a “horrific day for the Commonwealth of Virginia.” According to the Virginian-Pilot, 12 people were shot dead, and the suspect was then killed by police gunfire.
At the time of publication, four people were listed as injured.
In total, 12 victims were killed in the shooting Cervera confirmed.
A suspect was also shot and killed.
A number of others, including a police officer, were injured.
Cervera said they would release the name of the suspect after the family members of all of the victims had been notified.
“We’re going to mention his name once, and then he will be forever referred to as ‘the suspect’ because our focus now is the dignity and respect to the victims in this case and to their families.” In an earlier press conference, Mayor Dyer called it the “most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach.” Cervera, in the earlier conference, said the suspect entered Building Two of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center at about 4 pm on the same day, and “began to indiscriminately fire upon all of the victims.” He said the suspect was a “longtime employee” of the Public Works department.
Mayor Dyer said the shooting was “the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach.” Credit: Virginia Beach City Government via Storyful