Security guard and suspect shot in Norfolk Social Security Administration building incident

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Feb 08, 2021

NORFOLK, Va. - Police are investigating a shooting that happened Monday.

The incident happened at the Social Security Administration building located at 5850 Lake Herbert Drive around 4 p.m.

According to police, two men were confirmed to had been shot, and one of the victims is believed to be a suspect. Police say they are currently not looking for additional suspects.

Both men had multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

The victim, a 52-year-old man who was working as a security guard at the time of the shooting, was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, 44-year-old William Rankin was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and police said Rankin was charged with malicious wounding, shooting in an occupied building, use of a firearm, and firearm by felon.

He is currently in the hospital receiving medical treatment but he will be taken to Norfolk City Jail when he's released.

News 3 reporter Antoinette DelBel was on scene, where there was an active scene Monday. Lake Herbert Drive off Military Highway reopened just before 11 p.m.

We asked police the day of the incident if anyone was inside the building at the time of the shooting, whether people were still inside and whether the building went into some type of lockdown, but officials said due to the active nature of the investigation, they were unable to release any further details.

This is still an ongoing investigation, and detectives have not released the motive surrounding this shooting.

Federal authorities are helping in the investigation, and the S.W.A.T. Team was on scene as well.

If you have information that can help police call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip by clicking here.

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