The 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered Saturday during a somber news conference as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the gunman.

Police Chief James Cervera identified the assailant as DeWayne Craddock, who was employed for 15 years as an engineer with the city’s utilities department. He declined to comment on a motive for Friday’s rampage, which ended with Craddock’s death in a gun battle with police. City officials uttered his name just once and said they would not mention it again.

City Manager Dave Hansen said he had worked for years with many of the dead, 11 of whom were city employees. The 12th was a contractor trying to get a permit.

Virginia Beach city manager Dave Hansen speaks at a news conference on a shooting at a municipal building, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va. Authorities identified the shooting suspect as DeWayne Craddock, a longtime city employee who opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Virginia Beach city manager Dave Hansen speaks at a news conference on a shooting at a municipal building, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Their names and photos were projected on a screen as Hansen read aloud biographical information that included their hometowns and years of service.

“They leave a void that we will never be able to fill,” he said.

Chaplains and family assistance workers worked through the night to notify relatives — a job that Hansen described as “the most difficult task anyone will ever have to do.”

People gather for a vigil in response to a fatal shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., Saturday, June 1, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People gather for a vigil in response to a fatal shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., Saturday, June 1, 2019.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

One of the dead employees had worked for the city for 41 years. Six worked in the same department as Craddock, though authorities have declined to say if anyone was specifically targeted or if the suspect had issued threats before. The victims were found throughout the building, on three floors, police said.

Authorities have said Craddock opened fire indiscriminately. Four other people were wounded, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life.

The suspect was armed with a .45-caliber handgun with a noise suppressor, police said. Cervera said Saturday that more weapons were found at the scene and at his home, but he declined to elaborate.

The building was open to the public, but security passes were required to enter inner offices, conference rooms and other work areas. As a current employee, Craddock would have had the pass to enter the inner offices, Hansen said.

Asked how secure the building was, the police chief said that government buildings must balance access with security.

“It’s an open government building. Citizens have the right to access open government buildings. Employees have a right to access their work site,” he said.

Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera speaks at a news conference on a shooting at a municipal building, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va. Authorities identified the suspect as DeWayne Craddock, a longtime city employee who opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera speaks at a news conference on a shooting at a municipal building, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Craddock, 40, was a professional engineer who had graduated from Denbigh High School in nearby Newport News in 1996 and joined the Army National Guard, according to a newspaper clip from the time. He received basic military training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He later graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

The 11 city employees who were killed were identified as Tara Welch Gallagher, Mary Louise Gayle, Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Katherine A. Nixon, Ryan Keith Cox, Joshua A. Hardy and Michelle “Missy” Langer, all of Virginia Beach; Laquita C. Brown and Robert “Bobby” Williams, both of Chesapeake; and Richard H. Nettleton of Norfolk and Christopher Kelly Rapp of Powhatan. The 12th victim, Herbert “Bert” Snelling of Virginia Beach, was a contractor filling a permit.

Craddock appeared to have had no felony record, which would have made him eligible to purchase guns.

Virginia Beach law enforcement and city officials watch a news conference on a shooting at a municipal building, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va. Authorities identified the shooting suspect as DeWayne Craddock, a longtime city employee who opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Virginia Beach law enforcement and city officials watch a news conference on a shooting at a municipal building, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Joseph Scott, an engineering technician with the department of public works, said he had worked with Craddock before and had a brief interaction with him Friday. Scott said he saw him in the men’s restroom about five minutes before the shooting.

“He was in there brushing his teeth, which he always did after he ate,” Scott said. “I said ‘Hey, how you doing? What are you doing this weekend?’ It was just a brief conversation.”

Scott said he left for the day right after and learned of the shooting when a co-worker and then his son called him asking if he was OK.

People gather for a vigil in response to a fatal shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., Saturday, June 1, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People gather for a vigil in response to a fatal shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“I couldn’t believe that it happened,” he said.

Scott said he worked in a different division from Craddock, whom he described as quiet, polite and a “nice guy.” Scott said he thought Craddock was in good standing at work and had never heard negative reports about him.

Craddock’s neighbors said police swarmed the neighborhood of modest townhomes Friday in Virginia Beach. Some said he had lived there for at least 10 years.

Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer, left, looks on as City Councilman Aaron Rouse, right, comforts Chief of Police James Cervera following a press conference, 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 before police shot and killed him, authorities said. Six other people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera. (Kaitlin McKeown/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer, left, looks on as City Councilman Aaron Rouse, right, comforts Chief of Police James Cervera following a press conference, Friday, May 31, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Va. (Kaitlin McKeown/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Several neighbors said Craddock was a clean-cut member of the neighborhood association board whose wife had left him some years ago.

In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, VA., shows Robert
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, VA., shows Robert “Bobby” Williams. Williams was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Williams was a special projects coordinator. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Michelle
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Michelle “Missy” Langer. Longer was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Longer was an administrative assistant. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Joshua A. Hardy. Hardy was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Hardy was an engineering technician. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Joshua A. Hardy. Hardy was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Hardy was an engineering technician. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Ryan Keith Cox. Cox was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Cox was an account clerk. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Ryan Keith Cox. Cox was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Cox was an account clerk. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Christopher Kelly Rapp. Rapp was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Rapp was an engineer. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Christopher Kelly Rapp. Rapp was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Rapp was an engineer. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Richard H. Nettleton. Nettleton was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Nettleton was an engineer. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Richard H. Nettleton. Nettleton was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Nettleton was an engineer. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Katherine A. Nixon. Nixon was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Nixon was an engineer. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Katherine A. Nixon. Nixon was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Nixon was an engineer. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Alexander Mikhail Gusev. Gusev was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Gusev was a right-of-way agent with the public works department. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Alexander Mikhail Gusev. Gusev was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Gusev was a right-of-way agent with the public works department. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Mary Louise Gayle. Gayle was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Gayle was a right-of-way agent with the public works department. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Mary Louise Gayle. Gayle was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Gayle was a right-of-way agent with the public works department. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Tara Welch Gallagher. Gallagher was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Gallagher was an engineer in the public works department. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, Va., shows Tara Welch Gallagher. Gallagher was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Gallagher was an engineer in the public works department. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, VA., shows Laquita C. Brown. Brown was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Brown was a right-of-way agent in the public works department. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
In this undated photo made available by the City of Virginia Beach, VA., shows Laquita C. Brown. Brown was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach municipal building. Brown was a right-of-way agent in the public works department. (City of Virginia Beach via AP)
This undated selfie shows Bert Snelling taken from Facebook page. Snelling was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach, Va.  municipal building. Snelling was a contractor who was at the building to fill a permit. (Bert Snelling/Facebook via AP)
This undated selfie shows Bert Snelling taken from Facebook page. Snelling was one of twelve people killed in a shooting Friday, May 31, 2019, at a Virginia Beach, Va. municipal building. Snelling was a contractor who was at the building to fill a permit. (Bert Snelling/Facebook via AP)
Police say 11 people have been killed and six others injured in a mass shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach. (May 31)
Police say 11 people have been killed and six others injured in a mass shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach. (May 31)