NORFOLK, Virginia — Two people were killed and five others were shot and injured after a fight broke out at a party in Norfolk, Virginia, police said on Sunday.
When police attended a house near Old Dominion University around midnight, they found four women and three men with gunshot wounds, authorities said.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that there had been a party at this location that was advertised on social media,” Michael Goldsmith, the city’s acting police chief, said at a news conference. “Apparently a fight broke out at the party, and once the fight started, someone pulled out a gun and started shooting.”
Zabre Miller, 25, and Angela McKnight, 19, died later in a hospital, police said.
“We are continuing to investigate this matter,” Goldsmith said at the press conference with Mayor Kenneth Alexander, Norfolk City Manager Chip Filer and Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron. “There were multiple firearms involved, including a pistol and a long gun.”
Several Norfolk State University students were victims of the shooting at an off-campus location, the university said on its Facebook page.
“Early indications are that our students were innocent bystanders to a shooting at a house party,” the university wrote in the post.
Local authorities are working with federal officials as part of the investigation, Goldsmith said.
“We are rushing the casings and all the ballistic evidence we have to our federal partners using the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, and the ATF has promised us that they will rush them so that we can make all the connections possible. using this. proof,” Goldsmith said.
Goldsmith stressed that the shooting was not random.
“It’s not randomly chosen,” he said. to do this, they shoot innocent people who end up dying.