Authorities in Virginia Beach, Virginia, said two people were killed and eight others were injured in three separate shooting incidents late last week.
During a news conference after the killings, Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate said, “We have a very volatile situation, a very chaotic night on the beach,” and “there were a lot of different crime scenes.”
The shooting began just after 11 p.m. local time. Around 11:20 p.m., officers patrolling the 1900 block of Atlantic Avenue near the beach reported several gunshots.
According to Neudigate, eight victims were discovered at the crime scene between 17th and 22nd Streets. They were taken to nearby hospitals with injuries that ranged from minor to fatal.
The preliminary report indicates the shooting followed on from a physical battle.
In a statement issued Saturday afternoon, the Virginia Beach Police Department said that many people took out guns and started firing at each other during the physical altercation, injuring several people.
The identities of those charged in the mass shootings have been released, they are: Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, of Chesapeake, Va.; Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Beach; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach.
According to police, they are being held at the Virginia Beach City Jail on seven counts of felonious assault, use of a weapon in the execution of a crime, and improper handling of a firearm.
Officers heard gunfire in the neighborhood while investigating the original crime scene. They discovered a severely wounded adult female in the 300 block of 19th Street near Pacific Avenue. Police said she died at the scene.
Deshayla E. Harris, 29, of Norfolk, Virginia, was named as the victim, who police said was a bystander.
During a press conference on Saturday night, Neudigate said, “We do assume that she is an innocent victim who was actually hit by stray bullets in some ways.”
According to E! Online, Harris appeared in the 17th season of the Oxygen reality show “Bad Girls Club.”
Police said that a deadly officer-involved shooting happened near the second attack, in the 300 block of 20th Street near Pacific Avenue. They said a uniformed Virginia Beach officer “encountered an armed resident.” The man’s name was later discovered to be Donovon W. Lynch.
Authorities said Lynch, 25, of Virginia Beach, died at the scene. No shots were fired at the police officer. Authorities said they found a handgun at the scene of the attack.
Neudigate said there are no further details about the shooting as of Saturday night. They have yet to question the officer who fired the shot, and no body-worn camera video of the incident exists as it was not activated at the time for unexplained reasons.
According to the Neudigate, the officer may be assigned to administrative duties before the review is over. He has five years of experience with the agency and is assigned to the Special Operations Division.
Investigators have also been trying to determine how the three cases are related and if there are any additional perpetrators. Neudigate said that both of the incidents took place outdoors.
Authorities claimed a Virginia Beach police officer was struck by a vehicle at some time during the three shooting events. According to police, he was admitted to the hospital with critical burns.
Following the killings, the department announced it would increase police coverage in the resort area for the remainder of the weekend.
There is a significant police presence on the oceanfront around 17th and 22nd Streets. The department tweeted that the area should be avoided at this moment.
According to ABC News, six patients with bullet wounds were treated at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital early Saturday.