Motive Remains Unclear in Virginia Beach Mass Shooting That Killed 12
Investigators continue trying to determine what motivated a city employee in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to open fire on his coworkers in a mass shooting that left 12 people dead and at least five injured. The suspected gunman, DeWayne Craddock, 40, used two .45-caliber handguns, multiple high-capacity magazines, and a silencer while firing indiscriminately inside the Virginia Beach Municipal Center (pictured) on May 31. Police, who had difficulty engaging with the shooter since they could not bypass the secured electronic doors, killed Craddock following a lengthy shootout. Craddock worked for 15 years as an engineer with the city’s public utilities department. He submitted his resignation by email hours before the shooting, citing personal reasons. A city official noted Craddock was not forced to resign and that he was in “good standing” with no ongoing disciplinary issues. Both firearms used in the attack were obtained legally.
New York Man Accused of Plotting Times Square Attack Arrested
A Queens, New York, man accused of praising terrorist organizations and plotting to attack Times Square was arrested on June 6. Authorities said that Ashiqul Alam, 22, discussed and took steps toward the attack with undercover agents with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Charges filed on June 7 stated Alam told an undercover agent he admired ISIS and former al-Qa’ida leader Usama bin Ladin and that he wanted to die fighting. Alam is accused of plotting an attack since August, initially planning to use a suicide vest to blow up politicians in New York and Washington, DC, or using an AR-15 to kill law enforcement officers. He is also accused of mentioning blowing up a military base. Alam allegedly shifted focus to Times Square and wanted to throw grenades at visitors and shoot police and civilians. He even videotaped potential targets. Authorities took Alam into custody after he and the undercover agent bought two guns without serial numbers from another person working for the government. He is charged with a weapons offense related to that purchase.
California Man Pleads Guilty in Anti-Semitic Plot Against Houses of Worship
A 28-year-old man from Irvine, California, admitted he researched and visited three houses of worship as part of an anti-Semitic plot. Nicholas Wesley Rose received 825 days in jail after pleading guilty on May 31 to one count of carrying a loaded firearm not registered to him and three counts of violating civil rights. Rose was arrested in April 2018 after his parents reported to law enforcement that he said he wanted to “get a gun and kill some Jews.” Police found anti-Semitic literature, “kill lists” naming members of the Jewish community, and a series of steps titled, “Killing my first Jew,” in Rose’s apartment. Investigators also discovered Internet searches and notecards for a synagogue and two churches in Orange County, California, with the churches targeted due to their sympathies toward Jewish people. He visited the houses of worship over the course of four months. Rose also searched online for white supremacist ideology, anti-Semitism, and the effective range of a silenced .22-caliber long-range rifle—a firearm seized by authorities during his arrest along with ammunition. Rose will also spend one year in a residential mental health treatment program, serve five years on formal probation with GPS monitoring, and must remain at least 500 yards away from the congregations he targeted.