Police are investigating several shootings in Virginia Beach that left at least two people dead and eight others injured Friday night.
The Virginia Beach Police Department said in a press release early Saturday officers patrolled the 1900 block of Atlantic Avenue when they heard “multiple shots” shortly after 11pm
Officers then located “several victims of gunshot wounds,” and eight were transported to hospital for injuries, some of which, according to police, ranged from “serious to life-threatening.”
Police added that an officer was also taken to hospital with minor injuries after being hit by a car, although his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to the local NBC affiliate. WAVY-TV.
As police responded to the first shooting, officers heard additional shots nearby, which they said led to an “individual being confronted by a uniformed Virginia Beach police officer, resulting in a police intervention shooting.”
Police said Saturday that the suspect in this shooting, believed to be related to the first one, was eventually shot and killed by the officer.
Police identified an “adult female victim” who died as a result of gunshot wounds, although Police Chief Paul Neudigate said he appeared to have been shot in a separate shooting unrelated to the first two shootings, WAVY-TV reported.
Authorities said they are still actively investigating the attacks, with several crime scene areas blocking roads in the area.
Finished @sentarahealth Virginia Beach General … many family members and loved ones wait in the parking lot, desperate for information. I spoke to the cousin of a man who was shot. He says “they won’t even tell me if he’s here.” @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/wXNaIrsRYQ
– Brett Hall (@BrettHNews) March 27, 2021
The incidents come amid a series of mass shootings across the country in recent weeks, which have sparked new talks between lawmakers and elected officials about gun reform legislation.
Earlier this month, a spate of shootings at several Atlanta spas killed eight, including six women of Asian descent, sparking increased concern from many amid a surge in violence against Asians across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
Investigators have not yet officially named a motive for the attack.
In Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store left 10 people dead.
Police said the suspect in the Colorado shooting, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, used an AR-15 assault rifle that he had bought just six days before the attack.