BREAKING NEWS: Gun battle in Virginia Beach leaves ’10 people shot including a police officer’
- Several people are injured after a shooting on Friday night in Virginia Beach
- Cops confirm multiple victims with potential life-threatening injuries
- Unconfirmed reports suggest a wild gun battle between armed subjects
- Large Spring Break crowds had gathered in the area to party earlier in the night
Multiple people have been shot and wounded in an apparent gun battle in Virginia Beach.
Dispatchers said the first call reporting a shooting came in at around 11.24pm from the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue, an oceanfront stretch with several fast food restaurants and bars.
Police have yet to comment on specifics of the shooting, but there were unconfirmed reports that at least two individuals with guns were in a dispute and began firing wildly, injuring bystanders.
Initial reports suggest that up to 10 people were injured in the chaos. There were unconfirmed reports that a police officer was injured.
Police converged on the shore in Virginia Beach on Friday night after a wild gun battle left multiple people with potential life-threatening injuries
‘VBPD is investigating a shooting involving several victims with possibly life-threatening injuries,’ the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a statement.
‘Large police presence at the oceanfront between 17th and 22nd St. Please 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 lined with budget hotels, parking lots, bars and fast food restaurants.
Emergency radio broadcasts indicated that there were multiple potential crime scenes and potential armed subjects on the loose.
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 crowded, Spring Break atmosphere in the area with large groups gathering by the shore.
Individuals were seen dancing on top of cars and stopping traffic to dance in the street before the shooting unfolded.
Virginia Beach Police Department has not yet addressed the media but is expected to hold a press conference shortly.
A mobile command post has been established at the intersection of 19th and Atlantic Avenue to coordinate the investigation.
Developing story, more to follow.