2 dead, 9 injured in Virginia Beach shootings

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2 dead, 9 injured in Virginia Beach shootings
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  • Police were investigating multiple shootings that occurred in Virginia Beach, Virginia Friday night.
  • Police said 10 people were shot, 2 fatally, and one police officer was injured by a vehicle.
  • The initial shooting is believed to have started during a physical fight among a group of people.

Shootings in Virginia Beach, Virginia left nine people injured and two dead on Friday night, according to police.

The Virginia Beach Police Department said in a tweet that they were investigating a shooting with "several victims with possibly life-threatening injuries."

During a news conference early Saturday morning, Police Chief Paul Neudigate said there were at least two different crime scenes, calling it a "very chaotic night in the Beach."

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He said shortly after 11 p.m., shots were fired at the first crime scene at 20th Street and Atlantic Avenue, with approximately 8 people shot at that location. Police said the gunfire was preceded by a physical fight between a group of people, during which some drew firearms and began shooting.

While police investigated that scene, more shots were fired at a second location nearby. A person who police identified as a bystander was killed at the scene, the 300 block of 19th Street. She has been identified as Deshayla E. Harris, 28, of Norfolk, VA.

At a third nearby location, the 300 block of 20th Street, an individual was confronted by an officer, resulting in a "police intervention shooting," and was killed. He has been identified as Donovon W. Lynch, 25, of Virginia Beach.

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At some point during the incidents, a police officer was struck by a car and brought to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. He has since been released.

Police said they do not believe the later shootings were related to the first incident.

In a statement Saturday, police said three people from the first incident were charged with multiple counts of felony assault and reckless handling of a firearm. They have been identified as Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, of Chesapeake; Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Beach; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach.

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The violence comes days after the city of Virginia Beach released its final investigative report into the 2019 mass shooting that left 12 dead, when a city employee started shooting people at a municipal building before being killed by police.

The report, which was released Wednesday, said authorities were not able to determine a motive.

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