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Virginia Beach Shooter Bought Guns He Used Legally

Saturday, 01 June 2019 02:12 PM

The gunman who killed 12 people at a municipal building in Virginia Beach appears to have bought the guns he used legally, a U.S. federal agent said on Saturday.

ATF Special Agent Shawn Benedict said two .45 caliber pistols were found at the scene of Friday's rampage, one purchased by the shooter in 2016 and one in 2018. Two other firearms were found at the home of the suspect, 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock, Benedict said at a news conference.

The prime suspect in the deadly shooting in Virginia was described by a co-worker as a "nice guy" who was quiet and polite and who showed no signs of the violence that was to come.

Joseph Scott is an engineering technician for the city and knew Craddock. Scott had bumped into Craddock in the men's restroom of the building just minutes before the shooting, and Scott says he was in complete disbelief after learning later that Craddock was being blamed for the bloodshed.

At a vigil held Saturday morning, Scott says he prayed not only for the victims but also for Craddock.

Scott said of Craddock: "He was not evil. He was just another guy who had problems."

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has visited the hospital where people wounded in the Virginia Beach shooting that killed 12 are being treated.

Speaking to CNN on Saturday, Northam said he talked to family members of the wounded and one of the patients. He also said he thanked the doctors and hospital staff who are helping them.

Northam said such tragedies "are becoming all too familiar."

The gunman was identified as DeWayne Craddock. Eleven city employees and one contractor were killed in the Friday afternoon shooting at a municipal building. Craddock was killed in the ensuing gunbattle with police.

Northam also said he spoke with President Trump on Friday night and he offered the full support of the federal government.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed.

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