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A man accused of shooting a security guard at a Virginia social security building arrived equipped with multiple weapons, 600 rounds of ammunition and three bottles of beer, authorities said.
William Rankin, 44, was charged with attempted murder of someone helping a U.S. government employee and other crimes after he entered the Norfolk Social Security Administration building on Monday afternoon and injured to a guard, FBI Special Agent Justin Goodrich said Thursday.
Rankin was also injured in an exchange of gunfire. Norfolk police previously said Rankin’s injuries were life-threatening, but it is unclear if his condition has changed. The guard was expected to recover.
Rankin’s wife told FBI agents after the shooting that she had been dealing with Social Security over the phone for months regarding her mother’s benefits, according to the affidavit filed against Rankin.
The incident began when Rankin entered the building with a rifle bag over his shoulder and yelled, “I want my money!” The court documents stated.
The guard told Rankin that he was unable to enter the building due to COVID-19 protocols, but Rankin became nervous, pulled out a gun and told the guard that he would not leave without the money, according to the document.
Rankin fired at the officer, wounding him in several places
Rankin asked the guard to lower his weapon and when the guard refused, Rankin shot the officer, wounding him in several places, including the upper chest, Goodrich said. A bulletproof vest saved the guard.
Rankin turned to leave, but the officer responded, wounding Rankin, according to court documents. The guard went upstairs to communicate with the police and then went downstairs to watch over Rankin until authorities arrived.
Authorities found several weapons and approximately 600 rounds of ammunition in Rankin’s rifle bag, along with beer and sandwiches. Later, officers interviewed Rankin’s wife, who told them that she was having trouble getting Social Security benefits for her mother.
It is unclear if Rankin had an attorney who would comment on her behalf.