Four officers who responded to the scene followed the sound of his gunshots and engaged him in a “long gunbattle,” Police Chief James Cervera said. He suffered injuries during a gunfight with officers, and died shortly after, Police Chief James Cervera said.
Craddock, 40, worked as a certified professional engineer for the city of Virginia Beach in the public utilities department. He is listed on department news releases as a point of contact for information on local road projects over the past several years.
A search of online court records in Virginia Beach and surrounding counties shows Craddock was cited for a motor vehicle infraction in 2013, but nothing else.
According to a 1996 news report, he served in the Army National Guard as a private after attending a high school in Newport News.
He kept to himself, neighbor says
Craddock’s neighbor told CNN affiliate WAVY that the gunman kept to himself and was always in and out of his apartment with a book bag.
Cassetty Howerin, 23, lived below the gunman and said he was awake during all hours of the night.
“You heard him walking around, he would drop stuff at like 2 a.m. and me and my roommate would try to figure out what he was doing,” Howerin said.
But during the daytime, his neighbors rarely ever saw him.
He didn’t engage in many conversations with his neighbors, Howerin said, adding “in the year I’ve been there, we’ve maybe had three conversations and that’s about it.”
“I know what gym he goes to, that’s about it.”
He would just go in and out, Howerin said. By the time Howerin would wake up and leave at 7 in the morning, he was gone.
“I never saw him take trash out, never saw him bring groceries in, never saw people coming in or out,” the neighbor said. “He was very to himself.”
Howerin said they are petrified. “I live right under him so that could have easily been me or my girlfriend or my roommate,” Howerin said.
Despite their few conversations, he “seemed like a nice guy,” Howerin said. “He introduced himself when we first moved in. That’s just crazy.”
Craddock looked like a “jacked guy, he stood maybe 6 foot and he always carried a book bag with him. That’s all I really know,” Howerin said.
Authorities are still investigating a motive.
CNN’s Adam Levine contributed to this report.