Virginia Beach Police: ‘We’ll only mention suspect’s name once’

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Virginia Beach Chief of Police James Cervera speaks during a press conference about a shooting that left eleven dead and six injured at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday, May 31, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Va. A longtime city employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 11 people […]

(AP) — Virginia Beach police say they have identified the suspect in a shooting that left 12 dead but have not released his name because they haven’t been able to notify family members.

Police Chief James Cervera said when he does release the name, it will be only once. He said after that, “he will be forever referred to as the suspect because our focus now is the dignity and respect to the victims in this case and to their families.”

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Cervera said the suspect was a longtime employee of the Public Utilities Department.

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