WVEC - MUST CREDIT WVEC, NO ACCESS NORFOLK-VIRGINIA BEACH
Virginia Beach, Virginia - 31 May 2019
1. Various of police on the scene
2. Police putting up tape
3. Ambulance on the scene
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Chief James Cervera, Virginia Beach Police Department: (Partially covered)
"Right now I can tell you we have multiple casualties and multiple fatalities. We have eleven deceased victims, they are at the scene. We had six more victims who were transported to area hospitals. I do not have the condition of those victims at this particular time. We do know that shortly after 4:00 p.m. this afternoon the suspect entered a building two. He's a longtime employee of public utilities. I will not release his name at this time and he immediately began to indiscriminately fire upon all the victims. Officers entered, once the call went out the officers were at headquarters. They responded to building two, they secured as much of the victims as they could and then they engage with the suspect. The suspect did shoot a police officer. Officers returned fire, suspect is deceased."
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5 . SOUNDBITE (English) Chief James Cervera, Virginia Beach Police Department:
"Right now we have a lot of questions with the whys they will come later. Right now we have more questions really than we have answers. We are a little more than two hours into this event and we use the word event, that's a cop term. This devastating incident that happened that none of us want to be here talking about .This devastating incident which is going to change the lives of a number of families from our city."
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6 . SOUNDBITE (English) Chief James Cervera, Virginia Police Department:
"I can tell you this, the fact that the suspect was immediately confronted, the fact that the suspect is deceased, means that our citizens can and can rest easy tonight. We do not have someone who's out in that community to do more harm. Can also to the citizens of our city really understand that when this particular violent, violent act occurred police, fire, rescue immediately responded to the scene and did their professional thing that they do, because that's what they do."
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