Eleven individuals have been killed and 6 others injured in a mass capturing at a authorities constructing within the US state of Virginia, police stated.
Police stated the suspect, a long-term and present worker at Virginia Seaside Municipal Middle, the place the capturing occurred, fired “indiscriminately”.
The gunman, whose identification was not launched, was killed when police responded to the incident.
Experiences of the capturing began shortly after 16:00 (20:00 GMT) on Friday.
Police Chief James Cervera stated the gunman was killed after officers opened fireplace.
A police officer was among the many six wounded after a bullet struck his vest, Chief Cervera instructed reporters.
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Police stated they believed the gunman had acted alone. The motive for the capturing was not instantly clear.
The world across the constructing, which comprises a variety of metropolis authorities buildings, was put into lockdown and staff evacuated.
“We simply heard individuals yelling and screaming at individuals to get down,” Megan Banton, an administrative assistant within the constructing, instructed native tv information station WAVY.
“This can be a tragic day for Virginia Seaside and our total Commonwealth,” Virginia governor Ralph Northam stated on Twitter.
“My coronary heart breaks for the victims of this devastating capturing, their households, and all who beloved them. I’m on my technique to Virginia Seaside now and will likely be there inside the hour.”
Virginia Seaside Mayor Bobby Dyer described it as “essentially the most devastating day” within the metropolis’s historical past.
The FBI was on the scene serving to native authorities examine the capturing, US media reported.
Based on US monitoring web site Gun Violence Archive that is the 150th mass capturing incident within the US this yr.