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.
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
— Virginia Beach PD (@VBPD) May 31, 2019
An official count of injuries and casualties was not immediately available. Conflicting initial reports on social media suggest there could be several casualties.
MASS SHOOTING reported in Virginia Beach VA, at the Municipal Center/Courthouse area.
• 1 shooter
• Suspect in custody
• ‘Multiple injuries’
• Conflicting early reports on number of injured and dead
• Here’s a map. Building 2 = police activity focus https://t.co/5vly1faZUQ pic.twitter.com/YHDxJmufVA
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) May 31, 2019
Video showed a heavy police presence on the scene.
Multiple people are injured and a person is in custody after a shooting at the Virginia Beach municipal center, local police confirmed. https://t.co/39TymTSaca
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) May 31, 2019
Law enforcement officers were seen running with their rifles toward the building.
This is what we’re seeing. Police say this is an active shooter situation at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. Courthouse is still on lockdown. Here’s what we know so far https://t.co/ucq7ago8Az pic.twitter.com/xwyGXgU75D
— Kofo Lasaki WTKR (@KofoLasaki) May 31, 2019
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.”
Still securing the building floor by floor and office by office. That from city manager Dave Hansen. @WAVY_News
— Andy Fox (@AndyFoxWAVY) May 31, 2019