Two people were killed and at least eight were injured after several shootings off the ocean in Virginia Beach, VA, on Friday night.
Police officers say officers were patrolling the city resort when they heard multiple gunshots at 11:22 p.m., according to a statement from Saturday. When they arrived at the scene, they found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds.
One woman died at the scene, and at least eight people were transported to hospitals due to injuries. Authorities said the injuries ranged from “serious to life-threatening.”
A police officer from Virginia Beach was also transferred to the hospital due to “minor injuries”.
The homicide department is investigating what happened, but police say there are no suspects so far.
Authorities said a shooting at a police officer took place on Saturday – just a few blocks from a shooting near the waterfront.
Department officials said a man suspected of the shooting died at the scene. Authorities said they believed the second shooting was related to the first, but did not give details on how they were linked. The police officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave until he was investigated, which the police called the standard procedure.
In addition to the shooting, the policeman was hit by a car and taken to the hospital without life-threatening injuries.
“What you can see is that we have a very chaotic incident – a very chaotic night on the beach. Lots of different crime scenes,” said Police Chief Paul Neudigate.
The Virginia Beach shooting follows a mass shooting in the Atlanta area iu Boulder, Colo., this month, in which a total of 18 people were killed. The Virginia Beach community also experienced mass shootings in 2019, when a man killed 12 people and injured several others in the municipal building.