NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities in Norfolk are working to piece together what happened on Saturday night after a police pursuit began in Norfolk and ended in a two-vehicle crash in Portsmouth.
While patrolling near the 900 block of Tunstall Avenue in Norfolk, officers reported hearing rapid gunfire and saw several people shooting at each other.
As they approached the scene, the suspects got into three separate vehicles and started to drive away.
One of the vehicles, with four people inside, led Norfolk Police into the city of Portsmouth. The chase ended when the vehicle struck another near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Jefferson Street.
A woman from the car they hit was sent to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
“I believe they fled on foot,” said Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone said in an interview with WAVY’s Jon Dowding. “I don’t think it took long for them to arrest them. From what I understand, four individuals got out that vehicle.”
Norfolk police arrested 18-year-old Isaiah Glover and 24-year-old Shy’quan Dodson on charges including felony hit-and-run and use of a machine gun.
They were arraigned Monday morning and their next court date is September 21.
Evidence suggests the shooting and police chase was spurred by gang violence. The chief says gang violence is nothing new — but something has changed.
“The gangs, they’re getting younger and younger and their weapons are somewhat sophisticated for someone that young,” he said.
As some crimes get more violent — the way to stop them comes back to answering the same question the Chief keeps asking.
“How do we stop the flow of guns into the wrong hands,” asked Boone. “That’s been problematic here in Norfolk for a very long time.”
However, he believes the issues stem far beyond Norfolk.
“It’s problematic in any urban setting,” he added.