BREAKING NEWS: Gunfights in Virginia Beach kill ’10 people, including a police officer’
- Several people were injured after a Friday night shooting in Virginia Beach
- Police officers confirm that multiple victims have potentially life-threatening injuries
- Unconfirmed reports suggest a wild shootout between armed subjects
- Large crowds during spring break had gathered in the area earlier in the evening to party
Multiple people have been shot and injured in an apparent gun battle in Virginia Beach.
Dispatchers said the first call about a shooting came in around 11:24 p.m. from the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue, an oceanfront stretch of several fast food outlets and bars.
Police have not yet commented on the details of the shooting, but there were unconfirmed reports that at least two individuals with guns were in a dispute and started shooting wildly, injuring bystanders.
Initial reports suggest that up to 10 people have been injured in the chaos. There were unconfirmed reports that a police officer had been injured.
Police gathered on the Virginia Beach coast Friday night after a wild shootout left several people with potentially life-threatening injuries.
“The VBPD is investigating a shooting involving multiple victims with potentially life-threatening injuries,” Virginia Beach police said in a statement.
“Big police presence on the ocean between 17th and 22nd St. Avoid the area at this time. More to follow as it becomes available. ‘
After midnight, there was a massive police presence in the area, an oceanfront strip filled with budget hotels, parking lots, bars, and fast food outlets.
Emergency radio broadcasts indicated that there were multiple potential crime scenes and potential armed persons.
Radio traffic suggested that a McDonald’s restaurant was considered one of the shooting scenes.
Social media posts from earlier in the evening show a busy Spring Break atmosphere in the area with large groups gathering on the coast.
Individuals were seen dancing on top of cars, stopping traffic to dance in the street before the shooting took place.
Virginia Beach Police have not yet addressed the media, but are expected to hold a press conference soon.
A mobile command post has been set up at the intersection of 19th and Atlantic Avenues to coordinate the investigation.
Developing a story, more will follow.