Investigation continues as Virginia Beach mourns

Virginia Beach

Holding back tears, a survivor of the Virginia shooting that killed 12 people says her colleague saved her and others before being fatally shot.

Four victims remained in critical condition as of Sunday morning, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital said in a statement.

The hand-scrawled note stated no reason for the shooting.

"He was not terminated, and he was not in the process of being terminated", Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen said. "To my knowledge, the perpetrator's performance was satisfactory... there were no issues of discipline ongoing".

"We're a city in a state of shock right now, and I'm sure that things will become more evident and clear as our fine police department does its job", he said.

Within about an hour of the initial attack, Cervera said, all the wounded had been transported out for emergency care.

"We have an open investigation just in its third day".

Family liaisons have been assigned to each of the victims' families for support and as a point of contact for information, Hansen said. "Whether employment status has had anything to do with these events?"

Authorities are investigating Craddock's personal and professional lives in search of a motive, but nothing obvious has emerged, Cervera said.

Michael Berlucchi, a Virginia Beach City Council member, praised the governor and other officials for their work to address the shooting's aftermath from the city's emergency operations center.

"He looked straight in my face, and he did not see me standing there because he didn't raise the gun", Mr Inman told The Associated Press. According to a city official, the shooter's first victim was a contractor sitting in a auto in the parking lot.

"I couldn't believe that it happened", he said. Another who did not want to be named said the gunman was "a nice guy" and "not a monster".

He locked himself in his office and hid under his desk. "12 people that work in the same building'".

While Craddock was not known to co-workers and acquaintances as a violent man, he appeared to have methodically planned the attack.

What we know: 40 members of law enforcement, mostly Federal Bureau of Investigation, were at Building 2 to collect evidence. They say the shooter wasn't forced out, but they've been tight-lipped about other details.

Two other guns were found at Craddock's home, where he lived alone.

Police on Saturday identified the gunman behind a multiple-death shooting here as a long time city employee, and his two.45 caliber pistols have been purchased legally. Not only had Craddock come heavily armed, but it is likely that he used the suppressor in an effort to confuse occupants of the building as to where the shots were coming from.

Here is what we know so far about the shooting - and what we don't.

Chesapeake residents Laquita C. Brown and Robert "Bobby" Williams, who was a 41-year veteran of the public utilities department, also died in the shooting. He had a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Craddock was discharged in 2002 and did not serve in combat, Puryear said. The city is part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area in Southeastern Virginia/Northeastern North Carolina, bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

Over the weekend, people attended prayers and vigils in Virginia Beach to remember the victims.

Another media briefing regarding the shooting at the municipal center is scheduled for Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Fairfax was also in Virginia Beach after the shooting.

After 30 years in Virginia Beach, she described feeling like the whole situation was "surreal" since the news broke Friday night.

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.

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