Strength for Service ministry sends 104 devotional books following Virginia Beach shooting
NASHVILLE, Tenn.––The non-denominational Strength for Service ministry sent 104 copies of Strength for Service to God and Community to the Virginia Beach Police Department following the May 31 shooting of 12 people and the wounding for four others.
Chaplain Deb L. O'NeilLewis distributed the books to the law enforcement personnel who had engaged in a prolonged gun fight that finally resulted in the death of the perpetrator. One of the police officers was wounded.
Twelve people were fatally shot by the perpetrator. Eleven were city employees and one was a contractor who was in the building to obtain a permit.
Six victims were taken to local hospitals for injuries sustained during the shooting.
Multiple vigils were organized for the victims of the shooting by churches and other organizations. Members of the Courthouse Community United Methodist Church prepared food for the law enforcement officers at the scene, after it was secured.
Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer said, “This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach.”