VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - During a very popular vacation weekend for college students, violence erupted at the Oceanfront Saturday. Police say there were three armed robberies, two stabbings and three shootings overnight.
The first shooting happened at 11:23 p.m. at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 20th Street. A man was shot in the hip. At 2:58 a.m. on Sunday a man sitting in a vehicle on 33rd Street heard a loud noise, saw his car window shatter and realized he had been shot in the chest. At 3:13 a.m. a fight near the intersection of Atlantic and 27th Street ended in a shooting. The victim was shot in the face. Police say none of the victims' injuries are life-threatening
Thousands of people were at the Oceanfront for "College Beach Week." Several promoters create the event every year around the time of college final exams.
WAVY.com spoke to a promoter of "College Beach Week." He says promoters do all they can do ensure students' safety at the Oceanfront, but there is only so much they can control.
Virginia Beach City officials say 30,000 to 40,000 people descended on the Oceanfront for the beach week. One of the promoters for the event, Dexter Parker from Richmond, marketed the event as the last "hooray" before the end of the school year.
Parkers say tickets for beach week are only sold to students, and marketed to local colleges like Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Hampton University and Norfolk State University.
The event also attracts people from as far as New York or in Kharizma Jackson's case Baltimore, Maryland.
"We just came to walk on the boardwalk and stuff, and party at the hotel," Jackson said.
Parker says a ticket to beach week gets a college student a hotel stay, and access to club parties.
The fliers for the event promise a weekend of mayhem and partying. On Saturday though, beach week was more mayhem than anything else.
"There was a lot of drama and a few gunshots too. After that happened I took myself in and stayed away," Washington DC resident Corey Martin said. "It was too much going and it was out of control."
"I saw two girls fighting I don't know why," Jackson said. "I don't know what happened. They were fighting so I just stepped away."
Parker says this event is getting a bad wrap for circumstances that were out of the organizers control. He says promoters go to the extra mile to find clubs with security for students, and says this weekend shouldn't reflect college beach week as whole.
"It's a few bad apples," Parker said. "It's mostly people just wanting to have fun, kicking it with their friends. "Then you have those three to five guys out of hundreds of people that are ridiculous."
Parker says the promoter may consider reaching out to Virginia Beach city officials to help organize the event next year, and coordinate security.
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