Eleven people were killed and six injured in a mass shooting at the town municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Friday, and a suspect was taken into custody, police officials said. The Virginia Beach Police Department said in multiple posts on Twitter that they were responding to an “active shooter situation” at building No. 2 of the town municipal center, advising the public to avoid the area.
The gunman, whose identity has not yet been released, also died, according to police. A police officer one of the ones wounded. “This is a tragic day for Virginia Beach and our entire Commonwealth,” said Virginia governor Ralph Northam. “My heart breaks for the victims of this devastating shooting, their families, and all who loved them. I am on my way to Virginia Beach now and will be there within the hour.”
City Councilwoman Barbara Henley told the Virginian-Pilot she had just pulled up to the City Hall building when she noticed municipal employees standing outside using their cell phones, and someone told her there was a shooting and she should leave.
Henley had gotten back in her car when she heard a male voice shout, “Get down,” as bystanders scattered, she told the newspaper. “I was scared to death.”
According to the media, The FBI was at the scene helping authorities investigate the shooting.