VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Police are investigating several businesses damaged by gunfire late Monday.
Officials say officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 2100 block of Atlantic Avenue just before 11 p.m. When officers arrived on scene, they found damage to several store fronts from gunfire.
No one was injured, and police say someone in a car and a man on the sidewalk shot at each other, causing the damage.
Witness Sean Collins says he had just gotten married and went to grab a drink at a bar nearby when he heard the bullets.
“Next thing we know we walk into the bar and about 20 seconds later we hear pow, pow, pow, pow, pow!” said Collins.
He says he went and jumped on his wife to shield her and they heard another round of gunshots.
He says once they stopped, they ran out of the bar.
“We went through the kitchen, and the back and ran out the other bar,” said Collins.
He says his family was staying at the hotel across the street, and that’s where they went and watched what was going on below.
He says his family has been staying at the Oceanfront for years, but won’t be coming back.
“My family is staying at the hotel across the street trying to be tourists in the tourist city, they should have a reasonable expectation of safety when they’re here. This is unacceptable, this type of activity is unacceptable, and it’s unacceptable they can’t feel safe,” he said.
He says police arrived pretty quickly, but says he would have liked to see a larger police presence near this strip of businesses.
There are surveillance cameras in this area, but police say it won’t be available, since this is still an active investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or by submitting a tip via P3tips.com.