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Virginia Beach gunman’s motive unclear

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/03/19, 12:21 pm

The resignation email a gunman sent just hours before he opened fire Friday at a Virginia Beach, Va., municipal building did not offer any foreshadowing of the attack that killed 12 people, according to a city official. Law enforcement has not cleared the email for release since it has become part of the investigation, Virginia Beach Communications Director Julie Hill said. Officials have not said why DeWayne Craddock, 40, intended to leave his job as a civil engineer in the utilities department. He was an employee in good standing with a satisfactory job performance, City Manager Dave Hansen said.

Craddock killed 11 city employees and one contractor and injured at least four others at the Virginia Beach Municipal Building. He was wounded in a gun battle with police and later died at a hospital.

The city of Virginia Beach held a vigil for the victims the day after the shooting, displaying their names, photos, job titles, and hometowns. “They leave a void that we will never be able to fill,” Hansen said.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 03:28 pm

    Maybe the motive was simply that the man went crazy.  I don't think there is ever a "logical" motive or explanation for these acts. 

    I pray for those affected by this tragedy, and commend the City of Virginia Beach for the decision not to mention the killer's name again.

  • Laneygirl's picture
    Posted: Tue, 06/04/2019 09:48 am

    I agree: it was epic when chief of police in VA Beach pledged this : We will say this man's name ONCE and you will not hear it again. Fox News has appeared to follow their lead. I wish World Magazine would have done the same.

    If we stop publishing pictures and names of unconscionable criminals, perhaps the imitations would dwindle. Another lie of satan:  " you'll be famous."