Emergency vehicles fill the parking lot at the Princess Anne Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia [Vicki Cronis-Nohe/AP Photo]

At least 12 people were killed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Friday when a gunman opened fired at a municipal centre, sending employees scrambling for cover before police fatally shot and killed him, authorities said.

Several others were wounded in the shooting. According to Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera, a veteran employee of the Public Utilities Department entered the municipal centre, and “immediately began to indiscriminately fire upon all of the victims”.

Police entered the building and got out as many employees as they could, then exchanged fire with the suspect, who was killed, the chief said.

Cervera added the suspect was armed

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