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11 dead in VA Beach municipal center shooting

City Courthouse, Building 10 at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia. (PumpkinSky/Wikimedia Commons)
May 31, 2019

A mass shooting occurred at the city municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia late Friday afternoon with numerous deaths and injuries.

UPDATE – 6:55 p.m. EST: Police Chief James Cervera told reporters that 11 people have died in the shooting, and the suspect is also dead.


Numerous people were hospitalized for injuries received during the shooting.

Authorities confirmed a suspect was taken into custody on the third floor of the municipal center building #2 after opening fire and wounding multiple victims.

“ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION-municipal center, building 2. Multiple injuries. At this time it is believed that only 1 shooter, and they have been taken into custody. More to follow,” the Virginia Beach Police Department tweeted at 4:51 p.m.

An official count of injuries and casualties was not immediately available. Conflicting initial reports on social media suggest there could be several casualties.

Video showed a heavy police presence on the scene.

Law enforcement officers were seen running with their rifles toward the building.

City manager Dave Hansen told local WAVY News reporter Andy Fox that law enforcement was “still securing the building floor by floor and office by office.”