USA – 2 dead and 8 injured in Virginia beach shootings
The police officer who shot a man to death while responding to multiple shooting incidents in Virginia Beach, Virginia, late Friday night did not have his body camera turned on.
“The officer was wearing a bodycam, but for unknown reasons at this point in time, it was not activated,” Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate said at a news conference Saturday night.
The shooting started when a group of people “were involved in some type of conflict that resulted in a physical fight,” police said.
The gunfire started shortly after 11 p.m. local time. Officers patrolling the 1900 block of Atlantic Avenue in a resort area first heard multiple gunshots around 11:20 p.m. At the crime scene, in the area of 17th Street and 22nd Street, eight gunshot victims were found, according to officials.
“Several minutes later,” as officers were managing a crowd that had gathered at the scene, officers heard more gunshots nearby.
Meanwhile, a third shooting happened in the same area of the second shooting when an officer “encountered an armed citizen,” which resulted in the officer fatally shooting the man, police said.
The eight surviving victims were taken to hospitals with injuries that ranged from serious to life-threatening, the department said. Six of them were being treated at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, the hospital said.
Police believe the shooting was preceded by a conflict that led to a physical fight, based on the preliminary investigation.