VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A violent and terrifying weekend at the Ocean Front included shootings, stabbings and several assaults.
Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms says approximately 40,000 people were in the area for "Beach Week," an event geared toward college students.
But for residents who've lived at the Beach for years, the large, unruly crowds and violence that ensued won't soon be forgotten.
"I've lived here for so long and to see a sight like that it's frightening," Evelyn Griggs told WAVY.com. "I wondered what in the world is happening."
She was one of many people who said they felt like the city could have done a better job of notifying residents in advance to expect congestion at the very least. But, the violence came as a shock for residents too.
"I have my doors open, windows open, it's a safe area around here. And all of a sudden, gun shots woke me up 3 times that night," said Jonathan Haywood.
Haywood says during the summertime it's typically a little wild, but he's never seen anything like what he saw this weekend and he's hoping city leaders will take measures to curtail "Beach Week" in the future if it continues.
Councilman Bill DeSteph is planning a public meeting to hear from Virginia Beach Residents. It will take place Wednesday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center starting at 7 p.m.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said work to secure the Bonner Bridge could take anywhere from a week to 90 days.
WAVY News 10's Andy Fox sat down with outgoing Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell for a one-on-one interview.
A van crashed into a house in Virginia Beach Wednesday, and fire officials said an elderly driver was behind the wheel.