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Old 03-27-2021, 09:20 AM
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Multiple people in custody after Virginia Beach shootings leave two dead

By Eileen AJ Connelly
March 27, 2021 | 10:59am | Updated

The tally from a chaotic night of gunfire in Virginia Beach has risen to eight wounded and two dead as of early Saturday, authorities said.

One of the dead was a potential suspect shot by a Virginia Beach Police officer, the department said. Several of the injured are fighting for their lives in area hospitals.

The mayhem stretched across three different crime scenes, and included a police officer who was hurt after being struck by a car.

Several people were in custody, but had not yet been charged, according to local news station WAVY-Channel 10.

“We have several people that were stopped,” Police Chief Paul Neudigate said at a news conference a few hours after the shootings. “What their involvement in this incident is, we don’t know yet.”

The violence began around 11:30 p.m. Friday, when officers patrolling the main strip of the beachfront community heard gunfire.

They found eight gunshot victims when they got to the crowded scene, police said.

A woman, who may have been a bystander, died at the initial shooting scene from her injuries, according to local reports.

The first wave of gunfire may have been unleashed after a dispute, WAVY reported.

The crowd scattered, and about 20 minutes later, more gunfire erupted in a parking lot several blocks away, police said.

One man believed to have been involved in the first incident was killed in the parking lot after he was shot by a Virginia Beach police officer, but it’s unclear what sparked the encounter.

The officer involved in the shooting is a five year veteran of the Virginia Beach police who worked in the department’s Special Operations Division. The incident is under investigation, authorities said.

At least eight people were being treated at area hospitals for gunshot wounds, and ranged from stable to critical condition. Two gunshot victims walked in on their own, local CBS affiliate WTKR reported.

An officer was also struck by a car, and is in the hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A crumbled car and what appeared to be a police SUV with collision damage were in the middle of the street at one of the cordoned off crime scenes Saturday morning.

It was the third mass shooting in the U.S. in a week, coming on the heels of eight slain in three Atlanta day spas and 10 killed in a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket.

The shooting took place nearly two years after a gunman opened fire in the Virginia Beach government building, killing 12 people. Shooter Dewayne Craddock, a city engineer, died in a shootout with police in the May 2019 massacre.
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Old 03-30-2021, 04:05 AM
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Pharrell says the man shot and killed by police at VB Oceanfront Friday was his cousin

Updated: Mar 30, 2021 / 12:22 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — In a heartfelt Instagram post on Monday evening, music artist and Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams said the man shot and killed by police at the Oceanfront Friday night was his cousin.

Williams, the organizer of the Something in the Water music festival, posted a picture of 25-year-old Donovon W. Lynch with a message.

“The loss of these lives is a tragedy beyond measure. My cousin Donovon was killed during the shootings. He was a bright light and someone who always showed up for others. It is critical my family and the other victims’ families get the transparency, honesty and justice they deserve. Virginia Beach is the epitome of hope and tenacity and, as a community, we will get through this and come out even stronger.”

Williams made the post on his verified Instagram account Monday night about half an hour after Virginia Beach police released an update on the shooting.

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Pharrell Williams’ cousin had gun when he was shot dead by officer: cops
By Lee Brown
March 30, 2021 | 8:11am | Updated


Donovon Lynch was shot and killed by a Virginia police officer. Instagram


This is the gun Virginia police say Pharrell Williams’ cousin was brandishing when he was fatally shot by an officer — the same weapon officials insist he was seen holding “earlier in the evening.”

The Grammy-winning singer’s relative Donovan Lynch, 25, was killed Friday night just a block from a shooting that injured eight people in Virginia Beach.

Local activists initially insisted Lynch had been unarmed , and on Saturday Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate only said that a firearm was found “in the vicinity” of the shooting.

But late Monday the department released photos of the recovered Ruger that the officers involved have said the former college football player was holding when he was shot.

The officer who fired the fatal shot as well as a colleague who witnessed it “both … report that Mr. Lynch was brandishing a handgun at the time of the shooting.”

“An independent witness corroborated that Mr. Lynch was in possession of a handgun earlier on the evening of March 26,” the department said in a statement.

Ammunition was found along with the gun, police said.

The force offered no further details in exactly what Lynch is accused of doing before the officer — who has not been identified — opened fire.

“The specific actions which resulted in the shooting are part of the ongoing criminal investigation,” the department said in a statement.

The cop who fatally shot Lynch is a five-year veteran who worked in the department’s Special Operations Division. He has been placed on administrative leave during the ongoing investigations, which include an independent probe by the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police said.

The department still faces outrage after Neudigate confirmed that the officer’s bodycam was not switched on at the time “for unknown reasons.”

“We would like to provide the community answers. At this point we do not have them,” the police chief said.

In his tweet confirming that his relative was the man killed, Pharrell said, “It is critical my family and the other victims’ families get the transparency they deserve.”

“The loss of these lives is a tragedy beyond measure,” he wrote.

His cousin, a Virginia Beach resident, had been an offensive lineman for the University of Virginia’s College at Wise during the 2017 and 2018 seasons and a 2019 graduate of the school.

In a damning statement Sunday, the Virginia Beach chapter of the NAACP said it was “not surprised” that the body camera was not activated.

“We are watching and listening for the department’s inquiry into this shooting and expect a thorough and expeditious report,” the NAACP’s statement said. “The community is waiting!”

Del. Jay Jones, a Norfolk Democrat who is running for attorney general, said that was “unconscionable” and against department rules.
Donovan Lynch.

“Body cameras are designed for transparency into police conduct — specifically situations like what happened over the weekend — to provide a clear record of interactions with the public it serves in the field,” Jones tweeted.

“No one is above the law, including those tasked with enforcing it,” Jones said.

It came in a wild night of violence in Virginia Beach in which Deshayla “Shay” Harris, 29, known for being in “Bad Girls Club,” was also shot dead. Police believe she was an innocent bystander.

Three men charged in shootings that left several people injured in shootings that night made their first court appearances on Monday.

Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, each faces seven counts of malicious wounding and related charges. They remain in jail without bond and will have bail hearings in the coming days after talking to their respective attorneys.
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