At least 11 people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia, police Chief James Cervera told reporters Friday night.
The shooter, who was was a public utilities worker, also is dead, Cervera said. The chief said the gunman fired “indiscriminately.”
“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” said Mayor Bobby Dyer. “The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbor, colleagues.”
Police entered the building and got out as many employees as they could, then exchanged fire with the suspect, who was killed, the chief said.
The shooting sent shock waves through Virginia Beach, the state’s largest city and a popular vacation spot in southeastern Virginia. But the building where the attack took place is in a suburban complex miles away from the high-rise hotels along the beach and the downtown business area.
“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said.