Police thwarted by electronic doors during Virginia shooting

Virginia_Beach_Shooting_Key_Cards_01604 FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, a law enforcement official stands at an entrance to a municipal building that was the scene of a shooting the day before in Virginia Beach, Va. Police responding to the deadly mass shooting were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. Whether the delay contributed to the death toll is unclear, but the episode illustrated how door-lock technology that is supposed to protect people can hamper police and rescue workers in an emergency.
Virginia_Beach_Shooting_Key_Cards_65855 FILE - In this May 31, 2019, file photo, women wait by an entrance to the Virginia Beach Municipal Center following a shooting in the public works building in Virginia Beach, Va. Police responding to the deadly mass shooting were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. Whether the delay contributed to the death toll is unclear, but the episode illustrated how door-lock technology that is supposed to protect people can hamper police and rescue workers in an emergency.
Virginia_Beach_Shooting_Key_Cards_60319 FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo, a volunteer prepares to place crosses for victims of a mass shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., at a nearby makeshift memorial. Police responding to the deadly mass shooting were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. Whether the delay contributed to the death toll is unclear, but the episode illustrated how door-lock technology that is supposed to protect people can hamper police and rescue workers in an emergency.
Virginia_Beach_Shooting_Key_Cards_28207 FILE - In this May 31, 2019, file photo, a police officer walks at the scene after a mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va. Police responding to the deadly mass shooting were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. Whether the delay contributed to the death toll is unclear, but the episode illustrated how door-lock technology that is supposed to protect people can hamper police and rescue workers in an emergency.
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A monument honoring the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet will be installed on Virginia Beach’s oceanfront.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that the monument will remember the plane as well as those who gave their lives flying it and those who built and sustained the aircraft.

The F-14 became a symbol of America’s air superiority and was later retired from the U.S. Navy.

An early success came when two F-14 pilots shot down Libyan planes in the Mediterranean Sea.

Actor Tom Cruise later played the role of an F-14 pilot in the movie “Top Gun.”

The monument will include a panel that honors 68 people who died flying the planes.

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