(NBC News) – Eleven people were killed and six others were injured after a mass shooter opened fire at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Virginia Friday afternoon, officials said.
Responding officers shot the suspect, who later died, Virginia Beach police Chief James A. Cervera told reporters at a press conference Friday. Among the injured was an officer who was shot by the man and was expected to recover, authorities said.
“He was saved by his vest,” the chief said.
The suspect was described by the chief as a “longtime” and “current employee” of the city. The shooting, he said, was indiscriminate.
A motive for the violence was unknown, and the suspect’s identity has not been immediately released.
Mayor Bobby Dyer said, “This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach.”
Six people were being treated at area hospitals; one was transferred to a level one trauma center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, medical officials said.
Virginia Beach Police initially tweeted that there were “multiple injuries” in what it described as an “active shooter situation.” Chief Cervera later said the gunfire broke out shortly after 4 p.m. local time.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted, “My administration stands ready to assist law enforcement and first responders in any way.
People were urged to stay away from the area, which includes courthouses and police and sheriff’s facilities.