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Virginia Beach Police release interim investigative report into May 31 shooting

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Posted at 5:56 AM, Apr 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 05:56:56-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Beach Police Department has released their Interim Investigative Executive Summary into the mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on May 31, 2019.

The report comes just as the city approaches the one-year remembrance of its deadliest shooting. Twelve innocent people were killed when the gunman, a city employee, walked into the public works building and opened fire.

On Friday, acting City Manager Tom Leahy made the department's report public. The purpose of the report is to provide an update on the investigation and progress made to date by the department and its cooperating agencies.

In a letter to city council and Mayor Bobby Dyer, Leahy wrote, "Our detectives have dedicated countless hours identifying the who, what, where, when and how of this senseless tragedy. Unfortunately, the answer to 'why' may be something we will never know."

Over the course of the investigation, more than 1,000 contacts and interviews were conducted with 523 citizens and family members. There were 103 VBPD law enforcement officer memorandums, 46 detective memorandums, three written statements from Chesapeake Police Department personnel, 30 memorandums from Virginia Beach Fire and EMS personnel, two NCIS employee statements, four Virginia State Police memorandums and five Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office memorandums.

The final criminal investigative report is anticipated to be completed and approved by the Chief of Police by the Fall of 2020.

To read the full interim report, click here.