2 useless and eight injured in sea shootings in Virginia Seashore: Police
Two people died and eight people were injured in shootings during a “chaotic night” at the seaside of Virginia Beach on Friday, authorities said.
According to Virginia Beach police, three men were arrested and charged on Saturday, including charges of aggravated assault and reckless use of a firearm.
Officials patrolling the holiday area heard several shots around 11:20 p.m. on Friday, the police said in a press release.
The shooting began when a group of people “were involved in a conflict that resulted in physical combat,” police said Saturday.
“At some point during the confrontation, several people were making firearms and starting shooting at each other, which resulted in numerous people being wounded,” police said.
Several officers responded to the shooting and found eight people who had been shot and suffered serious life-threatening injuries, Police said.
“A few minutes later,” as officers were directing a crowd that had gathered at the scene, officers heard more shots nearby.
Officers responding to the second shooting found a woman with gunshot wounds who died on the scene. Police said the second shooting was “currently not believed” to be related to the first incident.
Meanwhile, a third shooting occurred in the same area as the second shooting when an officer “encountered an armed citizen,” which resulted in the officer fatally shooting the man, police said.
This officer has not been identified and has been assigned an administrative mandate pending an investigation according to standard procedure, the department said. The officer has been with the department for five years.
“At some point” during the three shootings, another officer was also hit by a car and taken to the hospital, the police said. The officer was treated and released.
“We have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night,” police chief Paul Neudigate told reporters on Friday evening.
Three men were charged in the first shooting event, the police said on Saturday. You have been identified as Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, from neighboring Chesapeake, Virginia. Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Beach; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach.
Police said they were being held in a Virginia Beach prison.
A spectator who died in the second shooting incident was identified as Deshayla E. Harris, 28, from the nearby town of Norfolk, police said.
The man who was fatally shot by a police officer was identified as Donovon W. Lynch, 25, of Virginia Beach.
Two full blocks that made up a city parking lot remained blocked by police tape on Saturday. Dozens of cars were on the scene, and some of them were inspected by officers. A car surrounded by police tapes was parked in the middle of a street a few blocks away.
Akereia Drayton, who was still waiting to get her car from the parking lot on Saturday, told the Associated Press that she would come out of a club on Friday night after the shooting ended and see “crowd chaos” and lots of people running.
“People literally fell on themselves,” said Drayton. “There was a swarm of people coming to get to their cars. And then there was a wreck.”
Kevin Robertson, who lives a few blocks from the parking lot, said he was on his porch when the shooting started. He said the gunfire lasted 15 minutes.
“There were definitely two or three guns,” he said, adding that over time he could hear gunshots from various areas outside his home.
Bill Feis, who also lives a few doors down from the parking lot, said he was in bed and could hear them speak loudly before the shooting. He said, “It sounded like someone had thrown a packet of fireworks.”
Contributor: The Associated Press