VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — At least four people were injured by a shooter who has been apprehended at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday afternoon, police said.
Dale Gauding, a Sentara spokesman, said in an email that three patients went to Virginia Beach General and one person had been sent to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.
Master Police Officer Allen Perry confirmed there was a shooter in the Operations building, which is next door to City Hall.
At 4:50 p.m., the Virginia Beach Police Department tweeted that one shooter had been taken into custody and multiple people were injured. Perry said he could not say how many.
“We are asking everyone in the Municipal Center to shelter in place,” he said.
The next update from police will come during a news conference between 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Public Works spokesman Drew Lankford, who works in the Operations building, left the office on Friday afternoon to get a haircut. While he was gone, his daughter called and said there had been a shooter in his work building.
His daughter, who works in the City Hall building, said security told everyone to get under their desks. He rushed back to the office and saw cops hiding behind parked cars with their guns drawn.
City Councilwoman Barbara Henley had just pulled up to the City Hall building just after 4 p.m. to pick up the agenda as she does every week when she heard sirens and saw police cars.
“I thought it was an accident,” Henley said.
As she parked her car in the lot between Building 1 and 2, she noticed city employees standing outside using their cellphones. Someone told her there was a shooting and she should leave. Henley had gotten back in her car when she heard a male voice shout, “Get down!”
“I was scared to death,” Henley said.
She quickly drove home.
Henley said she’s never seen a situation like this before at the Municipal Center, adding that security has recently been “beefed up” in the City Hall building as a result of shooting incidents across the nation, but that some of the other municipal buildings do not take the same security measures.
Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellam said no one has been able to leave the City Hall building. He said even members of the public who were in the building to pay their taxes are waiting to be able to leave the building.
“We are in lockdown in City Hall,” Kellam said.
The school administration building near City Hall went on lockdown at 4:24 p.m., a school system spokeswoman said.