VBPD Investigate shooting at oceanfront with 8 victims and 2 deaths
On Saturday, March 26, 2021 at 11:22 p.m., Officers patrolling the 1900 block of Atlantic Avenue of the resort area heard multiple gunshots. When they were in the area of 17th Street and 22nd Street when they located several gunshot wound victims. At this time there is a confirmation of 8 victims transported to local hospitals with gunshot wounds. Some of these injuries range from serious to life-threatening. One Virginia Beach Police Officer was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. One adult female victim succumbed to her injuries from a gunshot wound on the scene. With regard to the shooting, there is no suspect information available at this time. This case remains under investigation by members of the Department's Homicide Unit.
There is also an officer involved shooting relating to the above incident being investigated concurrently. The male suspect involved in this shooting also succumbed to his wounds at the scene. This is an active investigation, which is being conducted by the Virginia Beach Police Departments Detective Bureau as well as the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney and the Virginia Beach Police Department's Office of Internal Affairs. As standard procedure, the officer involved will be placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation. The involved officer is assigned to the Special Operations Division. The officer has been with the department for 5 years.
This scene is still very active with several crime scene areas blocking roadways. Therefore, police are asking for you to please avoid this area while detectives are investigating this case.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). You can also submit a tip via P3tips.com or by downloading the P3 Tips app available in Apple iTunes and Google Play Stores. Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.
Master Police Officer L.M. Bauder, Public Affairs Officer
Virginia Beach Police Department