Early Sunday morning, police officials in Virginia announced that they are looking into a shooting that ended with two people dead and another five people seriously injured.
The Norfolk Police Department answered a call at roughly midnight that was reporting a shooting that took place next to Old Dominion University.
“When officers arrived on-scene, they came in contact with four women and three men suffering from gunshot wounds,” stated the police department via a press release. “All the victims were transported to the hospital; two of the victims, a man and a woman, sustained life-threatening injuries.”
25-year-old Zabre Miller and 19-year-old Angelia McKnight later passed away at the hospital as a result of their injuries, explained police officials.
#NorfolkPD is currently investigating a shooting in the 5000 block of Killam Avenue. 7 people have been taken to the hospital (5 have non-life threatening injuries, 2 have life threatening injuries) Call came in around 12:00 a.m. More details to follow. pic.twitter.com/rTnL4e4YEF
— Norfolk Police Dept (@NorfolkPD) September 4, 2022
As a historically black university situated roughly 12 minutes from where the shooting took place, Norfolk State University (NSU) posted to social media early Sunday morning that “several” of the victims were found to be students of the university. NSU claimed via an Instagram post that “initial indications” seem to be that the students were just innocent bystanders at the time the incident took place at an “evening house party.”
The university stated that the Police forces for NSU had secured the campus in the wake of the incidents early Sunday. To go along with the offering of counseling for the students, NSU also encouraged the campus community to “remain vigilant of their surroundings.”
One spokesperson for Old Dominion University, which is roughly a mile from the area in which the shooting took place, claimed to WTKR that none of its students were victims of the attack either.
WTKR issued a report that stated that several calls were made on Saturday evening out to Norfolk emergency dispatch about various other shooting incidents throughout the city. As a result, the trauma center of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital was locked down due to the violence and an elevated number of patients, explained one police source to WTKR.
Fox News also reported that quite a few patients were being diverted out to other hospitals just before the lockdown finally ended at roughly 5 a.m. local time.
“Our culture of care mandates that we pull together as the spartan family always does in challenging times,” expressed NSU via a statement on social media.