Friday, September 22, 2023

Full file on Virginia Beach mass shooting won’t be released

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)

The Virginia Beach Police Department says it will not release its complete investigative file into last year’s mass shooting when it’s finished. The city said it will instead release a summary of its findings.

City officials will likely complete their final investigative report this fall. Last year’s shooting by a city employee killed 12 people and critically injured four others.

Police Chief Jim Cervera recently said the full investigative report would be confidential. City spokeswoman Julie Hill added Monday that the police department planned to release information later this year but not the entire file.

Some of the victims’ families say the entire file should be released.

Kevin Martingayle, an attorney for the widower of victim Kate Nixon, said there is no reason to keep the file secret because the shooter is dead.

“Anything less than the maximum transparency is unacceptable,” he said.

Jason Nixon, the husband of Kate Nixon, added: “I want to see the report — it’s my wife.”

Investigators say they still do not know why DeWayne Craddock opened fire in a city building. An investigation by security risk management firm Hillard Heintze found that Craddock felt that he had been treated unfairly and deserved a salary increase.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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