10 people shot, two dead, during height of spring break in popular Virginia community

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Source: MEGA, Virgnia Beach police

Mar. 27 2021, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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Two people are dead, and eight more suffered a range of injuries in a pair of shootings along the Virginia Beach, Virginia, oceanfront on March 26. 

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The chaos and carnage began at around 11:20 p.m. when police officers on patrol responded to an initial shooting at 20th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Dispatchers said the callers reported numerous gunshots were fired, leaving eight people injured, according to Virginia Beach police.

Officials said the victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, with injuries ranging from serious to life-threatening. 

A woman died from her injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. Her name has not been released.

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One Virginia Beach police officer was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries after being hit by a car.

Police said there is no suspect information available as of Saturday afternoon. This case remains under investigation by members of the Department's Homicide Unit

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While investigating the Atlantic Avenue incident, officials said more gunfire could be heard nearby, and a Virginia Beach police officer involved shot a male suspect. 

The officer-involved shooting is an active investigation, which is being conducted by the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Detective Bureau as well as the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney and the Virginia Beach Police Department's Office of Internal Affairs. 

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As standard procedure, the officer involved will be placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation. Officials said the officer is assigned to the Special Operations Division and has been with the department for five years.

The officer’s name has not been released. Officials have also named the suspect who was killed.

“We have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night,” Chief Paul Neudigate said in a statement. 

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Neudigate told the Associated Press that several people were taken into custody, but their possible involvement in the shooting was still under investigation.

“This scene is still very active with several crime scene areas blocking roadways,” Master Police Officer L.M. Bauder said in a statement. 

“Therefore, police are asking for you to please avoid this area while detectives are investigating this case.”

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