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US Answers remain elusive in Virginia Beach shooting rampage

06:10  14 november  2019
06:10  14 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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An independent auditor on Wednesday released a four-month study of the shooting rampage at the Virginia Beach municipal center complex in May, but the report still leaves victims’ family members, city leaders and the community wondering why a city engineer decided to open fire at his workplace.

The Virginia Beach shooting occurred on the afternoon of May 31, 2019, when a disgruntled city employee fatally shot twelve people and wounded four others in a mass shooting at a municipal

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: An independent auditor released a study of the shooting at the Virginia Beach municipal center complex in May, but the victims’ family members, city leaders and the community still wonder why it happened.© Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post An independent auditor released a study of the shooting at the Virginia Beach municipal center complex in May, but the victims’ family members, city leaders and the community still wonder why it happened.

An independent auditor on Wednesday released a four-month study of the shooting rampage at the Virginia Beach municipal center complex in May, but the report still leaves victims’ family members, city leaders and the community wondering why a city engineer decided to open fire at his workplace.

In July, city officials hired risk management firm Hillard Heintze to examine the city’s response and workplace factors that may have led DeWayne Craddock to kill 12 people just hours after he submitted his resignation in an email.

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The firm reviewed 335,000 emails and 6,500 documents, conducted interviews with city managers, held listening sessions with employees and scoured Craddock’s life in search of clues that may have led to the shooting.

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The report said the gunman did not display warning signs that may have allowed the city to intervene before the May 31 attack. It also found nothing to substantiate widespread rumors of an employee who was denied promotion or who showed aggressive behavior in the workplace.

“I think when you say why, everyone wants a nice, clean reason. Those clear answers don’t exist here,” Debra Kirby, the firm’s senior vice president, told city leaders at a meeting Wednesday.

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In its probe, Hillard Heintze described purchases by Craddock of several handguns, body armor and a sound suppressor. Searches of Craddock’s cellphone revealed “at least five queries to websites that contained news about mass shootings between May 2018 and May 2019,” the report stated.

The report said that he had stressors in his life such as a divorce and criticism of his job performance, but nothing that would indicate a predilection to a violent outburst.

“What seems to be puzzling to me is that we just don’t have enough information about the attacker,” council member Sandra Wooten told the report’s authors.

Hillard Heintze CEO Arnette Heintze described Craddock as a loner at work. City records showed that Craddock was placed on a performance improvement plan and had written drafts of emails that expressed that he felt unfairly treated. But Craddock never sent those emails and there was no indication his managers knew of them, Heintze and Kirby said.

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As Virginia Beach mourns 12 people gunned down in a shooting rampage , more questions remain on why a veteran city engineer targeted people he’d worked with for years. The gunman fired indiscriminately Friday on a municipal building in the coastal city in Virginia before he died after a

In the report released Wednesday, consultants gave details about a conflict Craddock had with the city’s purchasing department. The May 29 incident involved a vendor invoice for about $3,000 that Craddock was not authorized to approve. Craddock received a voice mail from the city’s procurement department stating, in part, that his conduct had violated a city ordinance. A supervisor said Craddock had a negative reaction to the voice mail and a co-worker also said he was upset by it, the report said.

A supervisor told investigators the incident would not have led to Craddock’s termination and that he was on the path to “meet expectations” at his evaluation in August.

On May 30, Craddock called both his mother and his ex-wife, the report said. His mother said he complained about insomnia and his work supervisors but otherwise seemed upbeat and discussed the future.

He also had a 40-minute conversation with his ex-wife, who he had not spoken to in some time. His ex-wife described Craddock as amicable and said he stated that he wanted to remain friends.

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Virginia Beach suspect resigned hours before shooting , official says. Authorities are still investigating a motive. Officials declined to answer questions Saturday about whether Craddock had threatened anyone in the building previously or faced discipline at work.

- As Virginia Beach mourns 12 people gunned down in a shooting rampage , more questions remain on why a veteran city engineer targeted people he'd The gunman fired indiscriminately Friday on a municipal building in the coastal city in Virginia before he died after a long shootout with police officers.

The auditors cautioned that they did not have access to Craddock’s personal computer or records, which are being examined the FBI and may hold clues to his thinking.

Jason Nixon, whose wife Kate was killed in the rampage, said that he is “disgusted” by the review because he believes the city limited the scope of the auditors.

He insists that his wife and others had complained about Craddock’s behavior, and that Kate had copied supervisors on emails she had sent about him.

“They knew for two years this guy had issues,” Nixon said. “HR did nothing; his direct supervisors did nothing.”

Nixon said he’s looking to the FBI for a more thorough investigation.

The Hillard Heintze report is the second investigation into the rampage.

In September, a police investigation described Craddock’s movements immediately before the shooting but it also failed to describe what prompted the attack.

In its 262-page report, Hillard Heintze also described heroic acts by city employees on the day of the shooting and listed nearly 60 recommendations of changes the city should make in areas such as human resources and safety strategies for city buildings.

clarence.williams@washpost.com

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