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Here’s the shooter’s resignation email

(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)
(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The resignation email the gunman sent hours before the shooting at a municipal building was brief, unremarkable and didn’t contain anything that foreshadowed the bloody rampage to come, a city official told The Associated Press on Monday.

“The document itself is part of the investigative file,” city Communications Director Julie Hill said in an email. “If detectives are able to clear it for release, we will provide it.”

Monday afternoon, the city released the redacted resignation email:

“I want to officially put in my (2) weeks’ notice to vacant (sic) my position of my Engineer III with the City of Virginia Beach. It has been a pleasure to serve City, but due to personal reasons I must relieve my position.”

The email was sent that Friday. The shooter got a reply:

“I hope you are able to resolve your personal reasons. To be clear your last work day will be Friday, June 14, 2019.”

Police Chief Jim Cervera identified the shooter, who died in a gunbattle with police, as DeWayne Craddock 40, a longtime city employee who worked as an engineer for the public works department.

The gunman had a security pass to get into the building.

Cervera said he had “no information” to lead to the conclusion that the suspect had targeted anyone specifically.

On Sunday, City Manager Dave Hansen said the shooter was not fired from his city job, nor were being considered for termination.

“To my knowledge, the perpetrator’s performance was satisfactory and that he was in good standing in his department and that there were no issues.,” Hansen said.

Two .45-caliber pistols were used in the attack, said Ashan Benedict, the regional special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

(Courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)
(Courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)

All indications were that the shooter bought the weapons legally, one in 2016 and one in 2018, Benedict said.

On Monday, a makeshift memorial made up of bouquets, flags, teddy bears and crosses bearing the names of the shooting’s victims stood at one entrance to the municipal center. A small group of city employees were crying and hugging each other as they left flowers by one of the crosses. Volunteers with comfort dogs were on hand.

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