VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) – Police in Virginia Beach investigated three shootings, three stabbings and three robberies within a four-hour period along the oceanfront Saturday night, according to WTKR.com.
The violence coincided with an event known as College Beach Weekend. The weekend attracted thousands of college students from other states, organizers told WTKR.
Now, Beach police are working to find out who’s responsible, and how to get the Oceanfront ready for the summer rush.
NewsChannel 3 spoke to several business owners after this past weekend’s violence.
“It was just massive people all over the place and everybody was unruly,” says Mac McClure, hotel security guard. He became overwhelmed Saturday night with the large crowds – despite his nearly 30 years of experience as a security guard at the beach.
“At one point, I had everybody down to the first floor, and I started shuffling out the back door, and I had people in front of me, people in back of me, and I ended up getting hit in the head.”
All of these incidents, according to Beach police, happened between 17th Street and 33rd Street, including a fight in front of a pizza restaurant – caught on video.
CBS 6 found out that there were 81 calls made requiring police service in a 12 hour-period last year, from April 27-28, versus this year, during the same time period, 325 calls were placed.
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