VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (WAVE) – Police confirmed two people were killed and many were injured after multiple shooting – including one officer involved – at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Friday night.
Police Chief Paul Newdigit said the initial number of people shot was 10: one was killed by police, another died by other fire, and eight were injured.
Newdigit said police responded to an initial shooting at 20th Street and Atlantic Avenue. The senders said the calls came at around 11:20 PM EST. Many shots were fired and eight people were wounded, Noidget said.
While officers were actively working on this scene, there were additional shots at 20th Street and Pacific Avenue. Police responded to this shooting, resulting in “an individual being confronted by a uniformed police officer in Virginia Beach, resulting in the police intervening in the shooting.” Noedikit said this person was shot.
Another person who was not part of the officer involved in the shooting – and is not believed to be part of the original shooting incident at 20th Street and Atlantic Avenue – was also shot and killed Friday night.
The president also said that an officer was hit by a car and taken to hospital during the department’s response in Oceanfront. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.
“What you can see is that we’re in a very messy accident, a very messy night at the beach,” said Neudigati. “Many different crime scenes.”
Brett Hall of WAVY News 10 went to Centara Virginia Beach General Hospital, where he found some family members and loved ones waiting in the parking lot, desperate for the information.
A man said his cousin was hit by a bullet. He said the hospital would not confirm whether his cousin was sick there.
The police said The officers were working at the scene of the accident in the area between 17th and 22nd Streets. The police also asked people to avoid the area during the investigation.
Neudigate said the Oceanfront scene was “stabilizing” when he spoke briefly to the media around 1:45 am
WAVY News 10 was shown on the scene and She saw Virginia Beach police arrest several people At around 1:30 a.m., it was not immediately clear why they had been arrested.
Neudigate said that the police had several people who were in custody, but their involvement in the incident was not entirely clear at the time.
Below: Police Chief Paul Newgate speaks briefly to the media at Oceanfront on March 27, 2021.
Traffic cameras at Oceanfront showed a large police presence and multiple roads were closed. At least one ambulance was seen from the cameras.
VDOT Hampton Roads has tweeted information that police activity has closed all eastbound travel lanes near the 25 mile marker on Highway 264. This notice was posted at around 12:20 am
All eastbound lanes on I-264 at mile marker 23.2 – 1st Colonial Road north at Exit 21B – are in Virginia Beach and the entrance ramp is also closed as of 12:40 a.m.
Police said that more information will be disclosed as soon as it becomes available. Neudigate said that police will operate at the scene overnight.
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