Twelve people have died, including the suspected gunman, after a shooting occurred at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday afternoon, according to police.
Six additional victims were taken to the hospital with injuries, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera told reporters during a press conference Friday evening. An emergency services spokesperson would not comment on the condition of the injured victims.
One of the injured victims is a Virginia Beach Police officer who was saved by his bulletproof vest, Cervera said.
The suspect, who was a current employee at the Municipal Center, walked into the building at around 4 p.m. and began to “indiscriminately fire upon all the victims,” Cervera said.
Responding officers then entered the building and secured as many victims as they could, Cervera said. The suspect engaged the officers, who returned fire, striking and killing him, Cervera said.
The shooting occurred on multiple floors, Cervera said. The suspect has not yet been identified.