12 people are dead, 6 people are injured, and the gunman was killed in a mass shooting that happened this afternoon at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

The Virginian-Pilot reports:

A longtime city employee shot and killed 11 people and injured six others after opening fire late Friday afternoon in the public works building where he worked, police said. The man was then killed by officers after firing at them.

One officer was shot during the exchange, but was saved by his bulletproof vest, Police Chief James Cervera said during a news conference a couple of hours after the incident.

“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said as he opened up the news conference. “The people involved are our friends, co-workers, neighbors and colleagues.”

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The gunfire began shortly after 4 p.m., just as workers were wrapping up their day and preparing to leave for the weekend. The Operations building where it occurred is next to City Hall and houses the planning, public utilities, public works departments, among others.


Governor Ralph Northam is among many Virginia elected officials who have issued statements:

Senator Mark Warner:

Senator Tim Kaine:

Please keep the victims and their families, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers tonight.

This is a developing story.

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