We now know the man who gunned down 12 people at a Virginia Beach office had resigned the morning of the attack.
But many more questions remain as to why a veteran city engineer targeted people he’d worked with for years.
DeWayne Craddock, 40, fired indiscriminately on a municipal building Friday afternoon before he was killed in a long shootout with police.
Here’s what we know so far — and what we don’t:
What led up to the attack
What we know: Before the massacre, Craddock emailed a resignation letter Friday morning, Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen said.
Hansen said Craddock was not forced to resign and that Craddock’s “performance was satisfactory.”
The gunman was “within good standing in his department” and had “no issues of discipline ongoing,” the city manager said.
But near the end of the workday Friday, Craddock shot one person in a car and then entered the building, where he fired at victims on three floors.
What we don’t: Authorities are still searching for a motive. Those who knew him say they didn’t see the horror coming.
“I guess the big question is, why? We want to know, too,” Dyer said.
Joseph Scott said he worked with the shooter for several years and saw him that day. He said the suspect was brushing his teeth in the bathroom, as he always did, and wished him a good day.
The gunman used to be “what I thought was a good person,” Scott said.
The 12 victims killed in the attack
What we know: Those killed include the gunman’s former boss, longtime city employees, and a contractor:
— Richard H. Nettleton was Craddock’s boss and a 28-year veteran of the city’s public utilities department. Hours before Nettleton was killed, Craddock told him he was quitting for personal reasons, a former colleague told CNN.
But it’s not clear whether Nettleton was targeted in the mass shooting.
— Herbert “Bert” Snelling was a contractor who was trying to file a permit when the gunman opened fire. Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer said Snelling was a friend.
“He started off as a carpenter that did work at (my) house, and then he became a friend,” the mayor said. “He was just such a great guy.”
— Laquita C. Brown was a right-of-way agent who worked for the city’s public works department for over four years.
— Mary Louise Gayle was a 24-year veteran of the public works department.
— Alexander Mikhail Gusev was also a right-of-way agent, who worked for the public works department for nine years.
— Tara Welch Gallagher was an engineer who spent six years in the city’s public works department.
— Engineer Katherine A. Nixon worked in public utilities for 10 years.
— Engineer Christopher Kelly Rapp started with the public works department 11 months ago.
— Joshua O. Hardy, an engineering technician, was a four-year veteran of the public works department.
— Ryan Keith Cox was an account clerk who had spent 12½ years in the public utilities department.
— Michelle “Missy” Langer was an administrative assistant in public utilities for 12 years.
— Robert “Bobby” Williams was a 41-year veteran in the public utilities department and a special projects coordinator.
In addition to the 12 people killed, several victims were wounded. As of Saturday, three people in critical condition and one was in fair condition, hospital officials said.
What we don’t know: It’s not clear whether or how many of the slain victims were targeted, and how many may have been caught in indiscriminate gunfire.
What we know: About 40 members of law enforcement, mostly FBI, scoured Building 2 to collect evidence.
They found two legally purchased .45-caliber pistols at the scene — one the shooter bought in 2016 and one in 2018.
Police said one pistol had a suppressor and several empty extended magazines. And investigators found even more weapons in the gunman’s home, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said.
What we don’t: Questions remain about why Craddock purchased the weapons and how long he was planning his attack.
While investigators search for answers, Mayor Bobby Dyer has tried to quell both sides of the gun control debate. He said he wanted to avert a “knee jerk reaction” and the “bipartisan bureaucratic malpractice.”
“There’s a lack of civility,” Dyer said. “There’s a lack of mutual respect. There’s a lack of willingness to understand each other.”
The gunman and his family
What we know: Craddock was as a certified professional engineer in the city’s public utilities department for 15 years.
CNN noticed Craddock three security cameras set up in two of his windows.
Neighbor Cassetty Howerin, said Craddock was awake all hours of the night, but mostly kept to himself.
Another neighbor, Clarisa Morel, said the gunman once catcalled her.
What we don’t: We don’t know what exactly prompted the shooting.
The shooter’s parents, reached Friday night, told CNN they weren’t aware of any problems Craddock he was having with his employer.
The family posted a handwritten note on a front door:
“We are grieving the loss of our loved one. At this time we wish to focus on the victims and the lives (lost) during yesterday’s tragic event,” the Craddocks wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who (lost) their lives, and those recovering in the hospital.”AlertMe