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Police still searching for motive for Virginia mass shooting

Associated Press

Virginia Beach, Va. – Police say they still have not determined why a Virginia Beach city worker opened fire on his co-workers, killing 12 people in a May 31 mass shooting.

The findings were released Tuesday evening during a City Council meeting.

Police said DeWayne Craddock opened fire hours after submitting his resignation as an engineer in the city’s public utilities department. The 40-year-old Craddock died in a gun battle with police.

FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019, file photo, a girl leaves flowers at a makeshift memorial at the edge of a police cordon in front of a municipal building that was the scene of a shooting, in Virginia Beach, Va. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, police are expected to release the findings of their investigation into the May 31 fatal mass shooting.

Deputy Police Chief Patrick Gallagher says investigators are still working to find a motive for why Craddock opened fire.

He says there were no documented instances of Craddock being threatening in the workplace prior to the massacre.

A security firm hired by the city is continuing to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting.