12 dead in Virginia Beach shooting, including suspect: Police

ABC News

Twelve people are dead, including the suspected gunman, after a shooting occurred at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday afternoon, according to police.

Six additional victims were taken to the hospital with injuries, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera told reporters during a press conference Friday evening. An emergency services spokesperson would not comment on the condition of the injured victims. 

One of the injured victims is a Virginia Beach Police officer who was saved by his bulletproof vest, Cervera said.

The suspect, who was a current employee at the Municipal Center, walked into the building at around 4 p.m. and began to “indiscriminately fire upon all the victims,” Cervera said.

Responding officers then entered the building and secured as many victims as they could, Cervera said. The suspect engaged the officers, who returned fire, striking and killing him, Cervera said.

The shooting occurred on multiple floors, Cervera said. The suspect has not yet been identified.

Six victims were transported to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and at least one was admitted to its Level I Trauma Center, according to Dale Gauding, senior communications advisor for brand engagement at Sentara Healthcare.

Officials are in the process of identifying the victims, Cervara said.

Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer said Friday was “the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach.”

Authorities are asking people to avoid the Municipal Center area. The scene is now secure but it is still active, Cervera said.

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and Virginia State Police are assisting in the investigation.

Cervera described the shooting as a “devastating incident” that “will change a lot of lives.”


25 thoughts on “12 dead in Virginia Beach shooting, including suspect: Police

  1. HERE IT COMES: 2020 Candidates react to the Virginia Beach shooting:

    “When will we finally say enough is enough? It’s long past time to hold our leaders accountable.”
    — Joe Biden

    “”We can and must pass common sense reforms to end the gun violence epidemic—and ensure no community has to endure the pain that the Virginia Beach community feels today.”
    — Julian Castro

    “We must pass gun safety legislation. The vast majority of Americans agree. We just need to get people in Washington who will represent them.”
    — Amy Klobuchar

    “My heart cries for the Virginia Beach victims lost and the survivors who must now make sense of this senseless act of gun violence. I’m committed to doing my part to help make this nation a place where these incidents never happen ever.”
    — Wayne Messam

    “Already, this much is clear: it is unacceptable for America to remain the only developed country where this is routine. We must act.”
    — Pete Buttigieg

    “This senseless act of violence should not be normal. Too many communities have been shattered by gun violence — we cannot continue to stand idly by.”
    — Kamala Harris

    “This story has played out too many times in too many towns. We need to stand up and stop this.”
    — John Hickenlooper

    “The days of the NRA controlling Congress and writing our gun laws must end. Congress must listen to the American people and pass gun safety legislation. This sickening gun violence must stop.”
    — Bernie Sanders

    “Thinking of the Virginia Beach community, the families forever changed, the lives cut short by gun violence and the inaction in this country to prevent it. I want to work with you to meet this crisis with the urgency it demands and finally end this epidemic.”
    — Beto O’Rourke

    “State and national leaders must step up to enact reforms that will prevent lives from being lost.”
    — Gov. Jay Inslee

    “We can’t accept this as normal, we need to take action on gun safety. We can’t go on like this.”
    — John Delaney

    “We have to make it harder for people to get and use guns that can cause such tragedies.”
    — Andrew Yang

    “We have the power to stop this—we can & will pass commonsense gun safety laws to end these tragedies.”
    — Cory Booker

    “How many lives will it take before Congress acts to end this crisis?”
    — Elizabeth Warren


    1. Get a load of this:
      “The latest tragedy has taken place ahead of the annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Sunday. This will provide little comfort to those who want to see an end to the easy access to guns which frequently bring schools and cities across America to prominence for all the wrong reasons.”

  2. No camera video, no bodies, supposed gunman dead, no way of knowing how many the cops shot either on purpose or by accident. As usual we have to buy THEIR version, any questions?

    This garbage stinks worse than a San Fransico sidewalk. MeanwhileTrump has more fire power in the middle east than Michelle(Ralph) Obama has bottles of female hormone pills.

    Nothing more than a hope and a prayer for another attempt to kill the 2nd article. The sheeple never ask question to scared to open their mouths and challenge the reported fairytales undoutably told.

    But yet, there will be lawsuits claiming the employees weren’t protected and deserve alot of mammon. Can’t file a lawsuit if you ask too many STRANGE questions.

    The American National will never know the real truth.

    1. That’s some fierce writing, Schumacher!! Yeah.

      I googled for pictures of shooter. This came up but things are so tricky today, don’t know if it’s really the guy or some inserted ad. Anyway:


      And the “officials” say they’ll only mention his name this once and in the future will be referred to only as “the shooter.”

      So very little available to analyze, but I’m sure more will surface as we go on. Hard to live life in a box when the lid is on so tight. Busting out will afford better vision.


  3. If they are pushing it more than likely it is a false flag. And they are not letting the message get out . All i can say it is time to fight . They have push us in a corner with no where to go , we either will be slaves or freemen. IT IS OUR CHOICE .

    1. Agree, Deon. Can’t believe how polished all their anti-2nd Article talking points are. And “no pictures” of the shooting and the victims: next level con. Now they can report ANYTHING and not have to back it up.


        1. Christchurch revealed too much about us, I mean the people-journalists. We found too much evidence of their contrivances. It was revealed that we are smart, on our toes, dangerous. So now we are blocked from whatever might have happened or not happened. I’m sure we’ll see more outrage on this blocking soon, though it likely won’t make it to the mainstream.


  4. Which is it? ” Twelve people are dead, including the suspected gunman” or ” At this time it is believed that only 1 shooter, and they have been taken into custody.”

  5. The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 sets into motion ALL THIS CRAP!
    Sheeple too prideful to think they can be fooled by the benevolent government.
    We’re all going to cash in our chips one day. I prefer to not be a victim whilst meeting the teller. I’d much rather take some propaganda spewing traitors with me!

    1. Thanks, ‘ol stewbum. There’s a certain voice I’d like to hear break down this “Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012.” Bet you can guess who.



  6. I heard .45 with a suppressor and (get this) higher capacity clips.
    Got to go finish reloading some .45s and then find some clips. Lol

  7. I want to see forensics on every round pulled out of these supposed people to see if they all came from the same gun. And that my friends will never happen..

    And if it does, I wouldn’t trust the results anyway unless I personally did all the work. This happens so frequently now it’s obvious what the hell is going on here.

    Obvious on its face…always large amount of people dead, doesnt nake any sense. If only one or two maybe, but not these huge amounts of people.

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