VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said he is devastated by the “unspeakable, senseless violence” in Virginia Beach Friday.
He arrived in Virginia Beach around 7:15 p.m.
According to police, a gunman opened fire at the Municipal Complex around 4:30 p.m. During a news conference, the police chief confirmed 11 victims have been pronounced dead, and there are six others injured, including a police officer. The gunman, a longtime public works city employee, is also dead.
Governor Northam issued the following statement regarding the shooting:
This is a horrific day for the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are devastated by the tragic shooting in Virginia Beach. I am in Virginia Beach with law enforcement authorities and Mayor Dyer, where I am monitoring the situation and offer the state’s full support.
My deepest condolences and prayers go to the families of those who left home this morning, and will not return tonight, as well as those who have been injured in this tragedy.
This is unspeakable, senseless violence. I commend local and state law enforcement, first responders, medical teams, and all others who acted swiftly to respond to this situation. My thoughts continue to be with the victims and their families.”