Virginia Beach police hold news conference on shooting | USA TODAY



okay morning my name is Dave Hanson I'm the city manager of Virginia Beach and I appreciate being joined by all the media that I've traveled far and wide to support us I also want to acknowledge all my elected officials that are here with me up front and as we share information with you today sixteen hours ago the lives of 12 people were cut short by a senseless incomprehensible act of violence overnight our chaplains our Human Services and our family assistance staff and teams completing the most difficult task anyone will ever have to do and that is notifying the next of kin so today we all grieve this morning I have the responsibility to inform friends co-workers and the public of those who lost their lives yesterday all but one of the twelve victims were employees of the city of Virginia Beach I have worked with most of them for many years we want you to know who they were so in the days and weeks to come you will learn what they meant to all of us to their families to their friends and to their co-workers they leave a void that we will never be able to fill lakita C Brown who works in Public Works for over four and a half years and is a right-of-way agent and she is a resident of Chesapeake Virginia Tara Welsh Gallagher who works in Public Works for over six years and serves as an engineer and is a resident of Virginia Beach Mary Louise Gale who has worked in public works for over 24 years and serves as a right-of-way agent and is a resident of Virginia Beach Alexander McHale gusoff who has worked for over nine years in Public Works and is a right-of-way agent and is a resident of Virginia Beach Katherine a Nixon who serves in public utilities for over two weeks ten years as an engineer and is a resident of Virginia Beach Richard H nettleton rich worked in public utilities for over 28 years served as an engineer served with me as a lieutenant in Germany and the 130th Engineer Brigade and was a resident of Norfolk Christopher Kelly Rapp who served in public works for just 11 months as an engineer and is a citizen of Powhatan Brian Keith Cox who served in public utilities for over 12 and a half years and is an account clerk and a resident of Virginia Beach Joshua a party who served in public utilities for four and a half years as an engineering technician and is a resident of Virginia Beach Michelle Missy Langer who served in public utilities for 12 years as an administrative assistant and is a resident of Virginia Beach Robert Bobby Williams who served in public utilities for over 41 years as a special projects coordinator and is a resident of Chesapeake Herbert Burt Snelling who was a contractor trying to fill a permit and is a resident of Virginia Beach so as we stop here and take a pause I'm going to ask my chief of police to come forth and talk about that 13th person there's an update to where we are on the investigative process first of all our investigators and detectives are forensic technicians work through the entire night and processing our scene and with dignity and respect and removing all of the victims in this particular case medical examiner's office now will take over their part of the investigation and that should take the next 48 hours while they work through it they are bringing in additional resources from Richmond during the investigative process we were assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation they have 40 members of their investigative forensic task force from Quantico and other places in throughout Virginia assist us in this particular case this is a large-scale crime scene it's a horrific crime scene and please understand it takes not only a physical emotional and psychological toll on everyone who spent the night inside that particular building ATF is also assisting us we did recover additional weapons at the scene I'm not at liberty to tell what those weapons are at this time we also recovered additional weapons at the suspects home the suspect this will be the only time we will announce his name it's Dwayne Craddock he was an engineer with public utilities he was employed with that department for approximately 15 years the suspects family has also been notified victims employees any witnesses who wish to give additional information there's a phone line set up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation 1-800 call CA ll FBI 1-800 2 to 5 5 3 to 4 we also have a large-scale number of counselors available for the city employees from building will all city employees who are touch by this event as well as citizens and family members who may also be affected by this particular event we were able to review some film last night review some film of the officers who responded into the building the officers checked every room on every floor every closet under every desk and they escorted a large number of city employees out of the building and remember there are escorting them out of the building while the victims are still in the building I want you to know those officers worked with compassion they worked with caring they worked with professionalism and assisting brothers and sisters who work for our city thanks chief we're very thankful for the outpouring of support received from the people and the community the region and the and across the country we are especially grateful for the assistance that we are receiving from our sister cities here in Hampton Roads from our state agencies and from federal offices the desire to help is strong and we appreciate it more than you can say we have posted on our VB gov web site an opportunity for those that wish to volunteer to sign up and because we've had an outpouring of volunteers to serve as chaplains to bring comfort dogs to provide supplies and now we have an outpouring of those that wish to donate to the families that are going to be in in turmoil for quite some time we are now working towards employee assistance and family assistance and we will turn our attention for this the remainder of today to design family liaison officers to support those families that have been stricken by this this horrible event we are going to wrap our arms around those that serve with us here in Virginia Beach and we are going to make sure that their their families their loved ones are are taken care of and are supported and that we guide them through the days and weeks ahead and at the same time as the chief said we have a significant number of employees that have been mentally and physically affected by what they went through yesterday and the vision and and the images that they had to experience inside one of our major office buildings here in the Municipal Center I want to thank you all for being here today and I want to thank all my elected officials for standing strong with us and we are prepared to answer your questions possible motive of the suspect no sir I can't at this particular time again we are doing an in-depth investigation pre-incident as well as the incident I'm not at liberty to give that information again because that's part of the investigative process that we are in he was still employed he had a security pass like all employees had and he was authorized to enter the building and please keep in mind we live in a free open society citizens enter that building at all times citizens enter all government buildings except for schools and courts where there's a different level of security I do not have that at this time again as we as we go further into the investigation we may have additional information on that whether it's an individual or not we do have a large-scale number of victims that were killed by the suspect um's were throughout the building except for the basement so no sir it wasn't just one particular area that could be that's what he was looking for but once he began once he engaged in this activity it discontinued throughout the building I have do not have the specific information on that right now no they didn't have any engagement with him verbally once they identified him he he identified them and he immediately opened fire we immediately returned the fire and again I want everyone to know that this was a young a long-term lack of any other term running gun battle with this individual this was not what is it's traditionally a a police involved shooting this was a long-term large we are working through that building to will be closed we are going to have to relocate some of our major services that public utilities provided they of course oversee our city services and and so we we've got to reestablish some financial connectivity for bill-paying etc we're in the process with the IT department relocating but that building is going to take a little bit of time to reopen we are we're looking at what level of service the government will provide to our citizens on Monday and we'll be making those announcements today and tomorrow so I'm not going to comment on how secure was the building it's an open government building citizens have the right to access open government buildings employees have a right to access their work site it's an open government well I'm gonna follow up on that to say that the entry corridors and the service the public service desks for those infrastructure departments are served by administrative assistants that work with the public but all the inner all the accesses to the inner offices and conference rooms are secured and require this pass and as I've told you he was in possession of course we will do an after-action review and take appropriate actions should we determine that is a requirement we we have numerous agencies that provide both family assistance and employee assistance we have an outpouring of support from our sister cities from state agencies from national nonprofit organizations that do this we are bringing them to bear you know we have just informed the families you can imagine what they're going through we were going to assign honor guard officers and from both our Police Department and our fire department as family liaison officers so that they feel secure there they will be supported and in assisted and as I said we're going to wrap our arms around our employees and their families and we are going to remain vigilant as well as committed to recovering from this incident right now we're tracking four that are seriously injured and I appreciate you asking that question and a lot of us have said a lot of prayers that we're able to pull them through and so they are to both Virginia Beach and Norfolk hospitals at this time no I'm not gonna relate patient data at this point I'm not gonna make comment on that sir it was I can't I cannot tell you how many minutes I can't tell you how many seconds in police work a long gun a long gun battle means multiple multiple shots were being fired by the suspect so this wasn't a one-shot incident also yesterday the question was asked about training and as recent as March 30th we had a large-scale training event which incorporated not only police but our colleagues and fire and EMS and Sheriff's Department to be able to respond to a large-scale event such as this so that was only a few weeks prior to this particular incident what I do want you to know that while we trained extensively while we go over all of our protocols extensively once you enter an environment such as this everything changes things change in a moment's notice such as the gun battle with with the suspect so we did train as recent as March 30th but officers how to make instantaneous decisions at that moment of time on how to engage the suspect they did it miraculously because you're right they did save other lives sorry he's fine he's doing well he was observed last night we did take him to medical assistance he's okay and again it's the fact that he has a bulletproof vest which saved his life I cannot I cannot share information that that officer gave I do want you to know remember that when we have a situation such as this and we begin to debrief our officers there's numerous investigations that go simultaneously one of which is a criminal investigation because they did use deadly force and then we also have administrative investigations but we also have to keep in mind that there's a time period in which we our officers to be able to not instantaneously have to give a decision this is the most emotional event anyone can ever go through and that's why we look out for the safety and welfare of our officers less than 30 minutes yes within from the first call that went out from building to within minutes they were in that building I don't have that exact data with me but two of the individuals were supervisors from our building which is right across the street from building two they immediately mobilized and on two of our k9 officers with them so they were in that building within minutes of the first class I'm fine we have a lot of support from our city my main concern is Isis our city work force my main concern making sure that our managers given all the information he needs to proceed forward we do have a large city we will open up on Monday and even though we will grieve as a city we will continue to move forward and the other thing is I want to make sure that all of our officers are firefighters and an EMS personnel that were at that scene are taking care of at this moment how did the proximity of the police department well it's very close it's within a couple of hundred or maybe a hundred hundred fifty yards of each building so those two supervisors and these are detective supervisors they were out of the building instantaneously they they had the proper identification equipment on them so that when other officers respond to the scene they know that they are investigators with our department and remember once they made entry into building two they had to immediately determine who was a city worker escaping from the building and who could be the suspect so there were a lot of different things that were happening simultaneously unlike when you see something like this in a choreographed TV or movie special this is a very different environment you cannot replicate the intensity of an environment such as this our job is to provide public safety to our residents visitors our businesses and we will ensure that they feel safe as you heard we can't answer a lot of these questions because investigation continues we're still inside the first 24 hours I I can't speak enough about the courage that police and forensics are showing in that building with the with the carnage that exists in there and the work that they have done and I can tell you that they are they are performing admirably with great courage and that extends across all of the employees of Virginia Beach and those that are supporting us as we do the heavy lifting in these initial hours we will keep you informed our public affairs team is very thorough and inclusive and we will announce our next press conference very shortly so thank you very much for being since we began to press briefings we continually mentioned that you must keep the dignity respect of the victims first and foremost and all the questions that I received up to this point I particularly want to thank the members of the media for understanding that and for keeping their dignity and their respect first and foremost and everything that you've been talking about we appreciate you all being here we anticipate having another press conference this afternoon same place at three o'clock

Michael Martin

22 Responses

  1. The police and Virginia Beach officials are not telling of the violent physical altercation with other employees. Who and what other employees were in this physical altercation? Who started that physical altercation.? Was Dwayne Cradock being blamed for a physical altercation he did not start and was going to face disciplinary action? What made this man snap. There's no such thing as all of a sudden. Disgruntled employee is Virginia human resources code for biased racial discrimination.

  2. Another Black coward. Don't ban guns…ban Blacks from having any association with them . If found with a gun, shoot on site.

  3. I wonder if this is the type of evil that a ‘commonwealth’ with a governor who supports infanticide and a lieutenant governor who’s a rapist might experience?

  4. There was a facebook log in for this event scheduled on the 1st but they decided to cancel and go live on the 31st. It was a drill.

  5. Love and prayers for the family and friends of the victims. My deepest sympathies goes out to all of you. Please post where we can help the families in financial need.

  6. You get disabled you will not get pain treatment. You'll have to live in a car or tent and spend all your money on seeking relief. That is the truth. People are dying from it. Freaking out.

  7. No psychopath would dare to go to a police station to kill cops! You know why! Cause he will be greeted with lead! a lot of lead! So! That’s being said I think everybody should be armed! It’s not fair to be under the mercy of the psychopaths who wanted to harm innocent people! If we don’t get smart we’re going to see a lot more of this massacres out there! Mass shooting are in the thousands mark and still counting! If we lived in a society where everybody is armed none would dare to do this! But of course the shooter knew that those victims weren’t armed! Easy targets! Get smart! Everyone should be armed or none!

  8. The police need to look into and find a possible motive for this. Maybe the issue wasn't so much a lack of security(especially with so many police present at the municipal center), but something else, like workplace bullying, mobbing… Maybe they were all trying to make this guy quit by giving him hell everyday and he snapped and did this? These things happen all the time…

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