Three separate shootings killed two people and injured eight at the Virginia Beach Resort Area late Friday night.
Around 11:22 pm on March 26, police officers patrolling the oceanfront area responded to multiple gunshots and found several victims in the 2000 block of Atlantic Avenue. Eight victims were transported to local hospitals and their injuries ranged from serious gunshot wounds to entirely life-threatening.
A suspected shooter, later identified as 25-year-old Donovon Lynch, was chased after by a Virginia Beach Police officer toward the 300 block of 20th Street and eventually fatally shot. CNN reported that the officer had not been wearing a bodycam at the time of the shooting. According to a press release by the Virginia Beach Police Department about the shootings, the officer “will be placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation.”
On the the 200 block of 19th Street, 29-year-old Deshayla E. Harris was a bystander in one of the shootings and was killed by a fatal gunshot. She was reported to have appeared on season 17 of the reality TV show “Bad Girls Club.”
Three people were arrested in connection to the shootings and charged with seven counts of felonious assault, reckless handling of a firearm, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. These individuals, who were identified as 22-year-old Ahmon Jahree Adams, 18-year-old Nyquez Tyyon Baker, and 20-year-old Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., are believed to have been involved in the first of the three shootings.
As of Sunday, four people remained hospitalized at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital as a result of the shootings. It is suspected that the event on Atlantic Avenue was spurred by a fight amongst a group of people that ultimately got out of hand. As for what caused the other two shootings, much is still unknown.
If you or anyone you know may have information regarding any of the shootings, Virginia Beach Police Department encourages you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-562-5887.