Gunman resigned hours before attack

Washington: A disgruntled employee who went on a shooting rampage at a municipal centre building in the US state of Virginia, killing 12 people, had resigned just hours before the tragic incident which also claimed his life, officials said.

After an unremarkable career spent tending the water and sewer systems in Virginia Beach, DeWayne Craddock quit on the morning of May 31, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. The engineer for Virginia Beach’s municipal government informed his bosses in an email he was resigning.

But armed with two .45-caliber pistols, Craddock made one last visit to the building later in the day and opened fire on his colleagues before dying in a gun battle with police. “Right now we do not have anything glaring,” Police Chief James A Cervera told media.