June 1, 2019 – In Breaking News – CNN
DeWayne Craddock took a moment to brush his teeth at work, as he always did, on Friday before killing 12 people and wounding four others at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, a co-worker recalled.
Joseph Scott, an engineering technician, said he exchanged pleasantries with the quiet, 40-year-old certified professional engineer for the city in the bathroom shortly before the carnage.
“I said, ‘How are you doing?’ He said he was doing OK,” Scott remembered. “I asked, ‘Any plans for the weekend?’
And he said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Well, have a good day.’ And he said the same to me.” Scott went home for the day.
There was no sign of what was to come.
(A former city employee opened fire at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, leaving a dozen people killed and the suspect shot dead by police. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on May 31, 2019.)
“I’m sure I’m going to hear all kinds of things about DeWayne, but I liked him,” Scott told CNN.
“I worked with him. He was what I thought was a good person.
When we were together, we would talk about family, friends, things that we were going to do, trips we were going to take and things like that.”
Scott said he worked with Craddock, whom a Virginia government source has called a “disgruntled employee,” for several years.
(11 city employees and a private contractor were gunned down in their offices by a coworker on Friday afternoon. Officers engaged the gunman in a lengthy battle, authorities say, and are being hailed as heroes for stopping the rampage. Courtesy of NBC News and YouTube. Posted on Jun 1, 2019.)
Scott said he doesn’t want Craddock “painted as an evil person — something happened, but it wasn’t his nature,” adding that he lost many friends Friday.
Craddock walked into the city building Friday afternoon and opened fire, police said.
Four officers who responded to the scene followed the sound of his gunshots and engaged him in a “long gunbattle,” police Chief James Cervera said.
He suffered injuries during a gunfight with officers and died shortly afterward, Cervera said.
Authorities are still investigating a motive.
Officials declined to answer questions Saturday about whether Craddock had threatened anyone in the building previously or faced discipline at work.
(Virginia Beach is mourning 12 lives cut short in a mass shooting on Friday, including 11 city employees with decades of public service between them. Courtesy of NBC News and YouTube. Posted on Jun 1, 2019.)
Gunman was engineer for city
Craddock was a certified professional engineer for the city of Virginia Beach in the public utilities department for about 15 years.
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