At least 10 people were shot and two of them killed in a “chaotic” night of violence in Virginia Beach, the police said early Saturday morning.
Officers arrived at a “resort area” on Atlantic Avenue late Friday night and found several shooting victims, the police said.
Eight people were taken to the hospital with serious or life-threatening wounds, the police said. A woman who had been shot died at the scene.
A man who was believed to be involved in the shooting on Atlantic Avenue was later shot and killed by officers, the police said.
Officials did not identify the man or the officer who shot him. The officer was part of the Virginia Beach Police Department’s special operations division and has been with the department for five years, the police said.
The police chief, Paul Neudigate, had initially told reporters that the shooting involving the officer appeared to be unrelated to the shooting on Atlantic Avenue.
“What you can see is that we have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night in the beach,” he said. “Many different crime scenes.”
Several people were in custody, but it was unclear whether they were involved in the violence, he said. The chief also said that a police officer had been struck by a car and taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.
The police did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday morning.
The department said on Twitter, just after 1 a.m., that it was investigating a shooting in which several victims had “possibly life-threatening injuries,” and that there was a large police presence along a section of the city’s oceanfront.
Virginia Beach was the site of a mass shooting in May 2019, when a longtime public utilities employee opened fire on his co-workers with a handgun. He killed 12 people and injured several others. He died after an extended shootout with the police.
Mike Baker and Maria Cramer contributed reporting.