Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera has told a press conference the suspect was a "current employee" and that his motive for the "violent, violent act" was unknown when he stormed the building at 4pm local time.
Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen (2nd L) holds up his security card during a news conference with (L-R) City Councilman Aaron Rouse, Mayor Bobby Dyer and Police Chief James Cervera at the Municipal Center Courthouse June 01, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
She said she texted her mum, telling her that there was an active shooter in the building and she and others were waiting for police.
Cervera said exchanges of fire involving police officers typically involve minimal rounds fired.
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Shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday, the shooter entered Building No. 2 of the Municipal Center, which houses Public Works and other city agencies.
"This is a tragic day for Virginia Beach and our entire Commonwealth", Virginia governor Ralph Northam said on Twitter.
Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat, also issued a statement Friday evening: "I am horrified by what has happened today in Virginia Beach".
"I thought it was an accident", Henley said. Craddock, 40, worked as a certified professional engineer for the city of Virginia Beach in its Public Utilities Department. He rushed back to the office and saw police hiding behind parked cars with their guns drawn. The building is the site of planning and public works offices near City Hall.
The FBI is providing assistance to local authorities.
The shooting took place is in a suburban complex located miles away from the high-rise hotels along the beach and the downtown business area.
The injured officer's life was saved when a bullet struck his vest, Chief Cervera told reporters.