Virginia Beach: two people killed and at least eight injured in shootings, police chief says

Virginia Beach: two people killed and at least eight injured in shootings, police chief says

Police found at least eight gunshot victims at the “original crime scene” near 20th Street and Atlantic Avenue when they arrived shortly after 11 p.m. Friday night, the police chief said. Virginia Beach, Paul Neudigate, at a media briefing.

As police investigated the first crime scene, shots were fired about a block away near 20th Street and Pacific Avenue, resulting in “an individual being confronted by a uniformed policeman. of Virginia Beach, ”Neudigate said. The officer shot and killed the person in what the chief described as a “police intervention shootout”.

A second person was killed in another nearby shooting incident, Neudigate said. He said police were still trying to determine what had happened but did not believe it was related to the first two shootings.

In addition to the shooting, a Virginia Beach police officer was also taken to a local hospital with non-fatal injuries after being struck by a car.

“What you can see is that we have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night at the beach. Lots of different crime scenes, ”Neudigate said.
No arrests had been made at the time of the briefing, but the chief said several people had been arrested and were in police custody. Their implication was not clear.

During the briefing, police did not offer a reason for the shooting or provide details of the conditions of those injured.

In a previous post on Twitter, police said several of the victims had life-threatening injuries.

Representatives from the Commonwealth Prosecutor’s Office were on hand to monitor the police investigation, according to Neudigate.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

CNN’s Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.


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