At Least Twelve Dead, Six Hospitalised After Virginia Beach Shooting

At least 12 people are dead and six hospitalised after a shooting in Virginia Beach, authorities said Friday. The gunman -- who was also killed -- was a long-time employee.

Police said the incident happened inside the Virginia Beach Municipal Centre shortly after 4 p.m. local time.

"There's no way to describe an incident such as this," Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said in a news conference Friday.

The suspect -- who in addition to the 12 victims, was shot dead by police -- was a "long-term employee" of the Centre's Public Utilities Department.

"There's no way to describe an incident such as this," Cervera said.

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He went up and down multiple floors in the building on a shooting spree, the Chief James Cervera said.

One of the injured was a police officer, who was "saved by his vest".

Administrative assistant Megan Banton was in Building 2 when the shooting occurred.

"I have an 11-month old baby at home and all I could think about was him and trying to make it home to him," Branton told reporters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI said they will be assisting local authorities with the investigation.

Five of the injured were transported to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and one person was transported to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.

One patient being air lifted to a trauma center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Image: CBS News.

According to a Sentara spokesperson, the patient at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital is being air lifted to a trauma center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The extent of the injuries are currently unclear.

A police officer directs traffic away from the intersection of Princess Anne Road and Nimmo Parkway following a shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Centre. Image: Kaitlin McKeown/The Virginian-Pilot via AP.

The incident happened at Building 2 in the 2400 block of Courthouse Drive. WTKR reported the building houses operations, public utilities and public works for the city. It is located in Virginia Beach's sprawling Municipal Centre.

Virginia Beach police advised the public to avoid the area.