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'Blind Spot' Slowed Down Cops in Virginia Beach Shooting

Cops didn't have keycards needed to open electronically locked doors

(Newser) - Police responding to the deadly mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn't have the keycards needed to open doors on the second floor. Over the radio, they pleaded for the electronic cards and talked of bringing... More »

Virginia Governor: We Need 'Laws, Not Thoughts and Prayers'

Ralph Northam calls special session to discuss stricter gun laws

(Newser) - Following the Virginia Beach mass shooting that left a dozen dead, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is recalling lawmakers to the state Capitol for a special legislative session aimed at passing new gun laws. "Votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers," are needed right now, Northam said, per the... More »

His Final Act Was to Save His Colleagues

Keith Cox died a hero in Virginia Beach

(Newser) - One of Ryan Keith Cox's final actions was to rush seven or eight of his colleagues at Virginia Beach's public utilities department to safety as a shooter rampaged through the municipal building Friday—sacrificing his own life in the process. Cox, who went by Keith, told the group—... More »

Did Silencer Make a Difference in the Va. Beach Shooting?

Gun-control advocates say suppressors, which are legal in Virginia, can give a shooter more time

(Newser) - The shooter who killed 12 people in a government building in Virginia Beach used a silencer. It's the nightmare scenario that gun-control advocates have warned about amid efforts in recent years to ease restrictions on the devices, which they say can help shooters escape detection and inflict more carnage.... More »

Va. Beach Survivor: What Would Possess Someone to Do This?

Victims, gunman identified after 12 died Friday

(Newser) - As Virginia Beach tries to make sense of the country's latest mass shooting, which took 12 lives at a municipal building there Friday and injured at least four , more details are trickling out. Officials at a Saturday morning press conference IDed the gunman, who died after being shot by... More »

Gunman Kills 12 in Virginia Beach

Police say shooter, described as disgruntled city worker, is also dead

(Newser) - A longtime, disgruntled city employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 12 people before police fatally shot him, authorities said. At least five other people were wounded in the afternoon shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach... More »

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