Eleven folks have been killed and 6 others injured in a mass capturing at a authorities constructing within the US state of Virginia, police stated.
Police stated the suspect, a long-term and present worker at Virginia Seaside Municipal Middle, the place the capturing occurred, fired “indiscriminately”.
The gunman, whose id was not launched, was killed when police responded to the incident.
Reviews of the capturing began shortly after 16:00 (20:00 GMT) on Friday.
Police Chief James Cervera stated the suspect returned fireplace on cops after being engaged however was killed.
Megan Banton, an administrative assistant within the constructing, instructed native tv information station WAVY that she “heard folks yelling and screaming at folks to get down”.
A police officer was among the many six wounded after a bullet struck his vest, Chief Cervera instructed reporters. He stated police believed the gunman had acted alone. The motive for the capturing was not instantly clear.
The realm across the constructing, which incorporates a variety of metropolis authorities buildings, was put into lockdown. Chief Cervera stated FBI foresnics officers have been combing the “enormous” crime scene.
“This can be a tragic day for Virginia Seaside and our complete Commonwealth,” Virginia governor Ralph Northam stated on Twitter.
“My coronary heart breaks for the victims of this devastating capturing, their households, and all who beloved them. I’m on my approach to Virginia Seaside now and shall be there inside the hour.”
Virginia Seaside Mayor Bobby Dyer described it as “probably the most devastating day” within the metropolis’s historical past.