Two killed, eight injured in Virginia Seaside violence close to oceanfront


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

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

VBPD is investigating a shooting involving multiple victims with potentially life-threatening injuries. Large police presence by the sea between 17th and 22nd St. Please avoid the area at this time. More will follow as they become available. @CityofVaBeach

– Virginia Beach PD (@VBPD) March 27, 2021

Gunfire broke out near the coast after 11 p.m. and eight victims were discovered, Police Chief Paul Neudigate said.

More shots were fired nearby shortly afterwards and an officer fatally shot and killed a suspect, the chief said.

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

No officers were injured in the shootings or the response, he said.

In another, separate incident in the area late Friday, an officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car, the boss said, calling it “a very chaotic night on the beach.”

No suspects were in custody in the shootings, Neudigate said.

“We will use our diligence to find the people involved and hold them accountable,” he said.

Six shot patients were treated at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital early Saturday following a shooting on Atlantic Avenue.

Virginia Beach is an annual destination for vacationers for the spring vacation.

Joe Studley contributed to this.