March 27, 2021

Update to Overnight Oceanfront Shootings

At approximately 11:20 p.m. on March 26, 2021, the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) responded to an initial shooting call on Atlantic Avenue at 20th Street in the Oceanfront Resort Area. The preliminary investigation indicates that a group of individuals were involved in some type of conflict that resulted in a physical fight. At some point during the physical altercation, several individuals produced firearms and began shooting at each other, resulting in numerous people being wounded. Multiple officers responded to the above incident. Several minutes later, while managing that initial crime scene and crowd that had gathered, VBPD officers heard additional gunshots in the vicinity of the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue. An additional shooting victim was located in the 300 block of 19th Street, near Pacific Avenue. The adult female victim in this shooting succumbed to her injuries at the scene. It is not currently believed this shooting incident is currently related to the initial incident. While the above was transpiring, one uniformed VBPD officer in immediate proximity of this location encountered an armed citizen which resulted in a police involved shooting. The adult male involved succumbed to his injuries at the scene. In total, 10 individuals were injured by gunfire, two of which are deceased. Also, at some point during these three incidents, a VBPD officer was struck by a vehicle and transported to a local hospital. The officer has been treated and released. The VBPD Detective Bureau continues to investigate these incidents and asks anyone with information to contact them at (757) 385-4101 or via Crime Solvers at 1-800-LOCK-U-UP (888- 562-5887).

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