Who Is Dewayne Craddock (Virginia Beach Mass Shooter) Bio, Age, Family, Dead
Dewayne Craddock Biography
Dewayne is the man identified as the mass shooter who opened fire “indiscriminately” at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, killing 12 people and wounding others. According to CNN, he is a certified professional engineer for the city of Virginia Beach in the Public Utilities Department.
DeWayne Craddock Age
DeWayne was 40 years old; he was born on October 15, 1978.
DeWayne Craddock Family
Not much is known about DeWayne’s family but his mother’s Facebook page indicates the family has roots in North Carolina. Old newspaper clippings show she posted multiple classified ads on behalf of a realty. Her recent Facebook posts are about travels to places like Miami, a jazz festival, and the African-American history museum in Washington D.C.
DeWayne Craddock Education
DeWayne graduated from Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia in 1996. He later joined Old Dominion University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering according to an article by the Newport Daily Press.
DeWayne Craddock Engineer
DeWayne had a bachelors degree in Civil engineering. An article in the Newport Daily Press dated 2008 reported that Craddock was hired to the site planning and engineering team for a local company.
“Craddock has engineering experience as a project engineer for site design, stormwater management, and public and private utility design.”
He ran in a local 5K and his name appears in city notices for a neighbourhood website.
DeWayne Craddock Was a ‘Disgruntled Employee’
According to news reports from NBC12 and the Wall Street Journal, DeWayne was a “disgruntled employee”. According to CNN, Craddock’s title was “certified professional engineer for the city of Virginia Beach in the Public Utilities Department.”
An article published by the City of Virginia Beach in July 2018 suggested that people contact “DeWayne Craddock with Virginia Beach Public Utilities.”
An old newspaper articles indicate he was sometimes the public face of the city utility department.
In 2015 according to the Lake Gaston Gazette, DeWayne Craddock gave Chamber of Commerce board members a tour of the Virginia Beach Pumping Station.
The article read; “Recently, Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce board members took a tour of the facility led by Dwayne Craddock, City of Virginia Beach project manager.”
In the article he was quoted saying; “The pumping station is the biggest thing you see,” he said, adding, “It’s a continual mowing operation.” The article says that Chamber President/CEO Christina Wells asked Craddock “if the city ever subleases Lake Gaston water to other areas,” to which he responded, “We would never pull water out and sell it to someone else. The way it works is Norfolk (where the water treatment facility is located) tells us how much to pump and we pump it to them.”
In 2016, DeWayne Craddock was a speaker at a local civic group’s meeting. He was described as “project manager, city Public Utilities Department, speaking on the new 48th Street pump station.”
DeWayne Craddock Army Guard
According to reports, Craddock entered the army national guard after high school. The newspaper dated 1996 referring to him as DeWayne Hamilton says; “Army National Guard Pvt. DeWayne Hamilton, son of Vestere O. Craddock and former ward of James H. Craddock of Newport News, has arrived at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., to begin one station unit training. He is a 1996 graduate of Denbigh High School, Newport News.” CNN confirmed that it was the same person.
DeWayne Craddock Made multiple Recent Firearms Purchases
The Wall Street Journal reported that Craddock made “multiple” firearms purchases in recent week. According to CNN, law enforcement sources say Craddock legally purchased the weapons.
DeWayne Craddock Virginia Beach Mass Shooter
On May 31, 2019, shortly after 4 p.m DeWayne who had a .45-caliber handgun and several extended magazines opened fire at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center killing at least 12 people before he was shot dead by police.
According to the police chief he entered and began to “indiscriminately fire on all the victims.” The chief also said he was a “current employee,” and the shooting occurred over multiple floors.
The Wall Street Journal and other outlets later said that DeWayne had been terminated, perhaps recently. The newspaper reported that Craddock returned to municipal building 2 to “exact revenge.”
In Virginia Beach police first report on Twitter, they tweeted; “ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION-municipal centre, building 2. Multiple injuries. At this time it is believed that only 1 shooter and they have been taken into custody. More to follow.”
— Kofo Lasaki WTKR (@KofoLasaki) May 31, 2019
Eric Perry who is a reporter of NBC12 tweeted that at the time the situation was so active and journalists at the scene would hear gunshots. “Hearing reports of a possible active shooter situation at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. We are monitoring the situation. Reporters on scene say they are hearing gunshots.”
He also reported that contrary to the earlier reports the shooting was “NOT the COURTHOUSE but in Building 2.”
The Virginian Pilot Reporter Gordon Rago wrote on Twitter; “Frantic scene here. A woman I just talked to was waiting outside building 1 in her car where city manager, city clerk and city attorneys offices are. Her daughter was inside paying a parking ticket when the shooting happened.
She didn’t hear gunshots. Building 2 is further up the road. The woman… was parked along the main road when she saw SWAT teams running up the street. One yelled at her to get out of her car. Before that, she saw a man in a green shirt and khakis with blood on his shirt, pants and face. He had a badge on, and a cop was walking with him. Unsure of extent of his injuries.”
DeWayne killed at least 12 people and injured several. Several other victims were taken to the hospital including a cop who was saved by his bullet proof jacket.
The building where the massacre happened typically holds about 400 people. The victims were found on the first, second and third floors, in addition to one found outside, in a car.
Four officers who were working in the nearby police headquarters heard the gunfire and rushed to the scene. DeWayne was shot after a “long-term” gun battle inside the building, during which he emptied his gun and reloaded with another extended magazine.
Virginia Beach Chief James Cervera provides details on shooting: “I want you to know that during this gun battle basically, the officer stopped this individual from committing more carnage in that building” pic.twitter.com/bBiloTbIXO
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 1, 2019
DeWayne Craddock Dead
DeWayne was killed in a gunfire exchange with the police. He engaged in a shoot out with the police. He shot one police officer and the officers returned fire killing him.
The police chief said; “They engaged with the suspect. The suspect did shoot a police officer. Officers then returned fire. The suspect is deceased.”