Virginia Beach Shootings Leave at Least 2 Dead

Clay Curtis
March 27, 2021

Police in the USA state of Virginia have reported multiple shooting incidents at Virginia Beach, where large crowds had gathered for Spring Break celebrations.

A large police presence is at Virginia Beach in the United States after a mass shooting.

Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate briefed reporters following the incidents, saying police officers would be working at the crime scenes throughout the night to determine exactly what happened.

A police officer also shot a man to death at the scene. A woman who had been shot died at the scene. Authorities said the injuries ranged from "serious to life-threatening".

In a statement, the Virginia Beach Police Department said the first shooting occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, when police who were patrolling the area heard gunfire. An officer confronted a male suspect and fatally shot him.

There is no information on the suspects for the shootings available at this time, according to law enforcement officials.

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"We also have a second deceased individual, which we don't believe was linked to the original shooting", Mr Neudigate said.

The shootings in Virginia Beach follow recent mass shootings in Atlanta, which left eight people dead, and Boulder, where there were 10 casualties.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave. "The involved officer is assigned to the Special Operations Division".

"What you can see is that we have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night in the beach", he said.

WAVY-TV reported that police took "multiple people in custody". The chief also said that a police officer had been struck by a auto and taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

The shooting is being investigated by the Virginia Beach Police Department's Detective Bureau, the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, and the Virginia Beach Police Department's Office of Internal Affairs.

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