Virginia mass shooting: 2 killed and 5 injured after 'THIRTY' shots were fired at off-campus party

Two out of seven who died have been identified as 25-year-old Zabre Miller and 19-year-old Angelia McKnight

Virginia mass shooting: 2 killed and 5 injured after 'THIRTY' shots were fired at off-campus party
Several rounds of gunshots were fired at a house party off campus near Old Dominion University (13 News Youtube screenshot)
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NORFOLK, VIRGINIA:  A mass shooting at an off-campus house party near Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk left two dead and five others injured early Sunday morning on September 4. Cops raced to the scene, responding to a 911 call after shots were fired around midnight in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Police said four women and three men were been shot, with initial reports that two of the victims, a man and a woman, had life-threatening injuries. All of the injured were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where the two later died and they have been identified as 25-year-old Zabre Miller and 19-year-old Angelia McKnight, reported WCNC. ODU said none of its students were among the victims, but nearby Norfolk State University confirmed that some of its students were among the wounded.

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(WAVY TV Youtube)
A house party at Old Dominion University in Norfolk left two dead and five others injured (WAVY-TV Youtube)

The house was a couple of blocks away from Old Dominion University. The initial investigation revealed that a party at that location had been advertised on social media and the shooting arose from a fight that broke out there. Interim Norfolk Police Chief Mike Goldsmith said, "Someone pulled out a gun during the fight and started shooting, which led to partygoers being hit by bullets." "A handgun and a long gun were used," he said. Following the shooting, the Hospital went into lockdown. A spokesperson told WCNC, "For a mass casualty incident, it is prudent to limit access to the hospital for the safety of our staff and patients." About an hour later the hospital leadership stated the situation was stabilized and resumed normal operations.

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Precious Wood, who has lived in the neighborhood for five years said she initially thought the shots were fireworks. “I just heard a bunch of shots. I thought it was like fireworks. It almost sounded like it was hitting my house. It was like a, ‘pew, pew, pew!’” Wood said. “It was very scary,” she added. Another neighbor, Bradley Rippee, said that he heard about 30 shots. "I had people ducking on the porch. Running all around my house. Running all through their porch and their house." Zariah Johnson, a next-door neighbor waited for the gunshots to die down before peaking out her window. “I saw a boy laying there with blood all over his face,” she told the outlet. “That was someone’s baby.” Another neighbor said bullets hit his Jeep parked nearby and shattered a window. 

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(13News Youtube)
A neighbor said bullets hit his Jeep parked nearby and shattered a window (13News Youtube)

NSU also issued a tweet after the incident: “Norfolk Police have informed us that several NSU students have been the victims of a shooting at an isolated off-campus location near 50th Street and Hampton Blvd. NSU Police have secured the NSU campus. Counseling is being made available for any student in need of services.” US Representative Bobby Scott, who represents the community in Congress, said: “I am monitoring the developments in Norfolk this morning, and keeping everyone involved in my thoughts." No suspects have been named as of yet. The police said, "If you know anything that could help investigators, you can call the Crime Line at 1.888.LOCK.U.UP. You can also leave an anonymous tip online through P3 Tips."

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