Friday, April 19, 2024

Here’s the ruling from the medical examiner on the Virginia Beach shooter

(Southside Daily/ Courtesy of Virginia Beach Police Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A medical examiner says the man who killed 12 people in Virginia Beach died from multiple gunshot wounds in a shootout with police officers.

In releasing the manner of death for DeWayne Craddock, Virginia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Wednesday officially ruled it a homicide. The ruling means that Craddock did not take his own life in a Virginia Beach municipal building on Friday.

Police said Craddock was a longtime employee at the city’s public utilities department. He was armed with two semi-automatic handguns, a silencer and extended ammunition magazines.

He killed 11 employees and a contractor before engaging in a protracted gun fight with police officers.

Among the dead were four other engineers who worked to maintain streets and protect wetlands and three right-of-way agents who reviewed property lines. Others included an account clerk, a technician, an administrative assistant and a special projects coordinator.

Donna Price, the district administrator for the medical examiner’s Tidewater District, said all of Craddock’s victims died from gunshot wounds.

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