April 19, 2021

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Police: 2 dead, 8 injured in Virginia Beach oceanfront shootings

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Two people died and eight people were injured in shootings during a “chaotic night” on the Virginia Beach oceanfront, authorities said Saturday.

Officers patrolling the resort area heard multiple gunshots around 11:20 p.m. Friday, the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a news release.

Eight people suffered gunshot wounds and were hospitalized with serious to life-threatening injuries, according to the statement. One woman was shot and died at the scene, the news release said.

The news release also said that one officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. That officer was hit by a vehicle during the investigation, police Chief Paul Neudigate said in a press conference Friday night.

According to the chief, a different officer confronted and fatally shot a man. As officers were investigating the initial shooting, shots rang out, and the officer confronted the man, leading to the deadly gunfire, Neudigate said.

That officer is assigned to the Special Operations Division and has worked with the department for five years. The officer will be placed on administrative assignment pending an investigation, per standard procedure, the department said. 

“We have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night,” Neudigate told reporters.

Several people were detained but how they’re linked to the shooting remains under investigation, the chief said.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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