However, what is perhaps the most significant question remains unanswered: The suspect’s motive.
Dewayne Craddock, a veteran city engineer, had resigned hours before killing 12 people and injuring five others in a Virginia Beach municipal building in May 2019, police said. He died in a shootout with police.
Craddock was a “very private person” who shared little information about himself or his feelings with the people who knew him, Virginia Beach police wrote in the report. He had no criminal history or diagnoses of mental illness before the shooting, and he hadn’t published writings indicative of the violence he’d later commit, police wrote.
The information they were able to gather about him — on his service with the Army National Guard, his legal purchase of firearms, his divorce two years before the shooting and one unsatisfactory job report — wasn’t enough to draw conclusions about his motive for the 2019 shooting, police wrote.
“Despite exhaustive investigative work and in spite of unsubstantiated rumors and accusations, it appears we may never know why he committed this heinous act,” police said in the report.
The shooting lasted 44 minutes, police wrote in the investigation. Craddock first shot a person in the parking lot before moving into government offices in Virginia Beach. He shot people on three floors of the building. One of the people who survived the shooting — Craddock’s coworker — said he first believed the shooting was a drill.
Eleven longtime city workers, including the gunman’s boss, and one contractor were killed in the shooting before police found the gunman on the building’s second floor. The officers exchanged gunfire with Craddock, killing him.