DeWayne Craddock, Virginia Beach Gunman

DeWayne Craddock, 40, was identified as the Virginia Beach shooter. He was reportedly a current employee of the city of Virginia Beach. On Friday, he first killed a woman in her car outside in the parking lot, then proceeded inside to murder more on three different levels of the building.

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DeWayne Craddock, 40.
The location of building 2

The victims, according to

Laquita C. Brown worked in public works for 4.5 years, as a right of way agent. She was from Chesapeake. Tara Welch Gallagher worked in public works for 6 years, and was an engineer from Virginia Beach. Mary Louise Gayle had 24 years in public works as a right-of-way agent and was from Virginia Beach.

Alexander Mikhail Gusev spent 9 years in public works as a right of way agent and was from Virginia Beach. Katherine A. Nixon, spent 10 years in public utilities as an engineer and was from Virginia Beach. Richard H. Nettleton spent 28 years in public utilities as an engineer and was from Norfolk. He also served in an engineer brigade in Germany.

Christopher Kelly Rapp had 11 months in the job as an engineer in public works and was from Powhatan. Ryan Keith Cox spent 12.5 years in public utilities as an account clerk and was from Virginia Beach. Joshua A. Hardy worked in public utilities for 4.5 years as an engineering technician and was from Virginia Beach.

Michelle Missy Langer worked in public utilities for 12 years as an administrative assistant and was from Virginia Beach. Robert Bobby Williams worked in public utilities for 41 years as a special projects coordinator and was from Chesapeake. Herbert Bert Snelling was a contractor from Virginia Beach. He was there to try to fill a permit.


“We want you to know who they were so in the weeks to come you will learn what they meant to all of us, to their friends, to their families, and to their co-workers. They leave a void that we will never be able to fill.” Dave Hansen, Virginia Beach City Manager

The killer

Motive? Some news media said that he had been recently terminated from the position he had held for 15 years, but most said he was still currently employed. He still held a security pass for employee areas of the building. Building 2 had no extra security for entering the public areas, according to USA Today. DeWayne Craddock held a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. He also graduated from Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma as a member of the National Guard.

A page at  may have been altered, and listed him as a registered Democrat and an atheist. This is unconfirmed by authorities, who generally steer clear of politics.

He recently legally purchased several firearms. He had no criminal record, so it would have been easy to pass the required background checks. The murder weapon was a .45 caliber handgun with suppressor and several extended magazines. He also had a rifle, according to  The Wall Street Journal.

Police raided his home, a condo in Virginia Beach, according to WFTV. Neighbors said he kept to himself and was very quiet.

It’s always the quiet ones.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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