UPDATE: 12 Dead After Employee Opens fire at Virginia Beach Municipal Center
— VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
The shooter who opened fire indiscriminately in a Virginia Beach city building Friday afternoon, killing at least 12 people and sending six others to the hospital, was a disgruntled employee, a Virginia government source briefed on the investigation told KCCI.
The shooter died at the scene after a gunfight with police. Police Chief James Cervera told reporters Friday night the gunman was a public utilities worker.
"This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach," said Mayor Bobby Dyer. "The people involved are our friends, co-workers, neighbors, colleagues."
Cervera said the shooter was confronted shortly after opening fire on multiple floors. There was an exchange of gunfire with officers, the chief said.
A police officer whose ballistic vest stopped a bullet was injured, the police chief said.
Edward Weeden, who works in the building, told CNN affiliate WAVY that people heard someone falling in a stairwell and went to investigate. He and his co-workers saw a woman who was on the ground with blood all over her face.
One of Weeden's co-workers went up to the next floor and came right back.
"Get out of the building. The guy's got a gun," the woman said. Weeden said he was unsure at first how to react.
"In a way, you want to stay. In a way, you don't want to stay," he said.