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Officials Say Virginia Beach Shooter Resigned Hours Before Killings


WCVE and NPR have obtained the resignation email sent by the man who killed 12 people on Friday in Virginia Beach through a Freedom of Information Act request. 

DeWayne Craddock's short, two-sentence email doesn't show any obvious signs of animus. 

"It has been a pleasure to serve the City, but due to personal reasons I must relieve my position," he wrote.

A supervisor, whose name was redacted, said he hoped Craddock would be able to resolve those issues and clarified a departure date of June 14, which Craddock then confirmed.  

Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen said on Sunday that the shooter was not in any disciplinary trouble before he killed 11 colleagues and one contractor.

“To my knowledge, the perpetrator’s performance was satisfactory, [and] he was in good standing,” Hansen said.

That only deepens the central question of why the shooter went on a murderous spree on Friday.

“Right now we do not have anything glaring,” Hansen said. “There’s nothing that hits you right between the eyes.”

Police are conducting interviews and gathering evidence. Officials urged anyone with knowledge of the shooter or possible motives to contact them.

Lawmakers universally condemned the killings, with many Democrats calling for stricter gun control laws that have been repeatedly blocked by Republicans in the General Assembly.

Ben Paviour covers courts and criminal justice for VPM News with a focus on accountability.
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