11 killed in Vir­ginia Beach mu­nic­i­pal cen­ter shoot­ing

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VIR­GINIA BEACH, Va. — A long­time, dis­grun­tled city em­ployee opened fire at a mu­nic­i­pal build­ing in Vir­ginia Beach on Fri­day, killing 11 peo­ple be­fore po­lice fa­tally shot him, au­thor­i­ties said.

Six other peo­ple were wounded in the shoot­ing, in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer whose bul­let­proof vest saved his life, said Vir­ginia Beach Po­lice Chief James Cervera.

Five pa­tients were be­ing treated at Sen­tara Vir­ginia Beach Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and a sixth was be­ing trans­ferred to the Trauma Cen­ter at Sen­tara Nor­folk Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, Sen­tara Health­care tweeted.

The shooter opened fire in Build­ing 2 of the mu­nic­i­pal cen­ter, which is ad­ja­cent to City Hall. The build­ing houses the city’s pub­lic works, pub­lic util­i­ties and plan­ning de­part­ments, ac­cord­ing to City Coun­cil­woman Bar­bara Hen­ley, who ar­rived at City Hall build­ing about 4 p.m. Fri­day just af­ter the shoot­ing.

Megan Ban­ton, an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant who works in the build­ing where the shoot­ing hap­pened, said she heard gun­shots, called 911 and bar­ri­caded a door.

“We tried to do ev­ery­thing we could to keep every­body safe,” she said. “We were all just ter­ri­fied. It felt like it wasn’t real, like we were in a dream. You are just ter­ri­fied be­cause all you can hear is the gun­shots.”

She said she texted her mom, telling her that there was an ac­tive shooter in the build­ing and she and oth­ers were wait­ing for po­lice. Ban­ton works in an of­fice of about 20 peo­ple that is part of the pub­lic works depart­ment.

“Thank god my baby is OK,” Ban­ton’s mother, Dana Show­ers, said.

Cervera iden­ti­fied the shooter as a dis­grun­tled em­ployee of the Pub­lic Util­i­ties Depart­ment. He did not re­lease his name.

Christina Pullen, a spokes­woman for the FBI in Nor­folk, said the bureau is as­sist­ing.

Kaitlin McK­e­own / As­so­ci­ated Press

Emer­gency ve­hi­cles are seen near the in­ter­sec­tion of Princess Anne Road and Nimmo Park­way fol­low­ing a shoot­ing at the Vir­ginia Beach Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­ter on Fri­day in Vir­ginia Beach, Va. Twelve peo­ple, in­clud­ing the shooter, were killed.

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