Two dead and eight injured in violence in Virginia Beach near the coast


Two people were killed and eight injured Friday night in shootings in Virginia Beach, Virginia, police said.

Some of the surviving victims suffered life-threatening injuries, the Virginia Beach Police Department tweeted early Saturday.

Shots occurred after 11 p.m. near the sea and eight victims were discovered, Police Chief Paul Neudigate said.

Soon after, more shots were fired nearby and an officer shot and killed a suspect, the chief said.

A second person was shot and killed in an incident that police do not believe is related to the other shootings. It appears to be “a separate shooting incident that we are still trying to piece together,” Neudigate said.

No officer was injured in the shooting or in the response, he said.

In a separate incident in the area on Friday night, an officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car, the chief said, calling the situation “a very chaotic night on the beach.”

There are no suspects in custody in the shootings, Neudigate said.

“We will do our due diligence to find the people involved in this and hold them accountable,” he said.

Six gunshot patients were being treated at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital early Saturday after a shooting on Atlantic Avenue, the hospital said.

Virginia Beach is an annual destination for spring break vacationers.

Joe studley contributed.



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