Virginia Beach Police on Saturday identified Dewayne Craddock, a 40-year-old city public utilities engineer, as the the suspect in Friday’s shooting at municipal building in Virginia Beach that killed 12 as well as the gunman.
Police Chief James Cervera, speaking at a morning news conference, said it would be the only time his name is mentioned publicly by law enforcement. Craddock was killed in a shootout with police inside the building.
Here’s what we know about Craddock:
A city employee for 15 years
Craddock was an engineer at the Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities for 15 years, police say. He worked in the city’s water and sanitary sewers branch and was still employed with the department at the time of the attack, according to authorities.
Court records in Virginia Beach do not show any prior criminal activity by Craddock.
Had access to building
Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen said the suspect, as a current employee, had a security pass and was authorized to enter the building.
The building is considered an open-government facility with no additional security to enter, according to authorities. But security passes – like the one police say Craddock posses during the shooting – are needed to access employee offices and conference rooms inside.
Cervera said police don’t have a motive at this point for the attack. He said law enforcement is conducting an “in-depth investigation – pre-incident as well as the incident.”
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He declined to comment when asked whether the suspect had threatened employees in the past. Authorities would not discuss his personal file, record as an employee or say whether there had been a change in his work status prior to the attack.
Heavily armed during attack
Police say Craddock used a .45 caliber handgun with a sound suppressor and that he killed his first victim in a car in the parking lot before he entered the building. There, he killed people on each of the three main floors.
Cervera said police found additional weapons on at the scene, but did not specify which types, and at the suspect’s home.
National Guard, engineering background, college graduate
Craddock graduated in 1996 from Denbigh High School in nearby Newport News, the Associated Press reported, and later joined the Army National Guard, according to a newspaper clip from the time of his city hire. He received basic military training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Craddock later graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Before working in city government, he worked for a private engineering firm in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Suspect’s family has been notified
Cervera said the suspect’s family has now been notified. Earlier, CNN reported that when the television network made contact with Craddock’s parents Friday night, they were unaware he was the suspected gunman.
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