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Police: City worker kills 12 in Virginia Beach; suspect dead

Authorities say a longtime city employee wielding a .45-caliber handgun with a suppressor fatally shot 12 people on three floors of a municipal building in Virginia Beach before police shot him.

Posted: Jun 1, 2019 7:26 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a longtime city employee wielding a .45-caliber handgun with a suppressor fatally shot 12 people on three floors of a municipal building in Virginia Beach before police shot him.

Four other people were wounded in Friday's shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life.

Police Chief James Cervera says the suspect engaged in a "long gunbattle" with law enforcement officers. He says officers gave the suspect first aid after he was shot, but he died.

Cervera said Friday that he would release the suspect's name after authorities had contacted his family, but would mention the name only once.

He said after that, "he will be forever referred to as the suspect because our focus now is the dignity and respect to the victims in this case and to their families."

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Associated Press writers Regina Garcia Cano in Washington, D.C.; Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia; and Tom Foreman Jr. in Charlotte, North Carolina, contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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