7/10 UPDATE: Darius Dennis, 20, was arrested in connection with the shooting in the 900 block of Bagnall Road. He is facing several charges including malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
7/8 UPDATE: Norfolk police have released more details about five arrests they made in relation to a string of shootings in the city last weekend.
Police say three adults and one juvenile were arrested for the incident Saturday just after midnight in the 1700 block of Vernon Drive. Police say five people were struck by gunfire from a dark colored vehicle in that incident.
The same people, police say, were involved in the the incident at the 1700 block of Jubilee Street at just after 10 PM on Saturday. That's where shots were fired from the same vehicle, hitting a single victim. Police found the vehicle shortly after and arrested the vehicle's occupants. A gun was found in the vehicle.
Another adult male was charged in the shooting of 81-year-old Ophelia Marcus, who was hit by a stray bullet in her home in the 900 block of Virginia Beach Blvd. The same person is suspected of shooting an another person in the 900 block of Bagnall Road around the same time.
At this point, police are not releasing the names of the arrested suspects.
Police say an incident in the 800 block of W. 36th Street remains unsolved. Seven people were injured as a result of gunfire at a block party after ran argument. The suspect was asked to leave the party. Afterwards, he fired several shots in to the crowd.
Police are asking witnesses to call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK_U_UP.
7/7 UPDATE: Norfolk Police have arrested four adults and a 17-year-old they say were involved in shooting incidents over the weekend. Police will not comment further on the arrests due to "on-going investigations."
Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said, "We need the assistance of our citizens to combat the gun violence that is affecting our streets and harming our youth."
Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe said on Facebook Saturday that the community should be outraged.
"Too many blacks shooting and killing other blacks. Instead of shaking heads and sound bites we should be confronting it in meaningful way," he posted. "Our entire community is effected and the entire community should stop accepting it as a cultural thing and WE should all be outraged!"
Norfolk Vice Mayor Angelia Williams issued the following statement:
I am saddened by the events of this past weekend. Every life is valuable and has to be treated as such. As a society, we have to learn that problems are not solved with guns and violence. No matter what race or economic position you are in, we have to think of the long term consequences of our actions and that once a person is killed, its not like TV, where they get to get up and go play in another episode. Once a person is killed, they are dead forever.
NORFOLK -- Police were in Diggs Town Saturday night to investigate a shooting. It was the second one in the community since early Saturday morning, and the fifth shooting in the city since Friday night.
Dispatchers received a call about the shooting on Jubilee Street shortly after 10 p.m.
One person was hurt, but should be all right.
The victim on Jubilee Street brings the number of people hurt in shootings since Friday to 15.
Just before 12:00 a.m. Saturday, several people were outside on Thurgood Street in Diggs Town when someone started shooting. Medics took three adults and two children -- a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old -- to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.
Shortly after midnight, there was shooting in 900 block of East Virginia Beach Boulevard. An 81-year-old was at the front door of her home when a bullet went through the screen and hit her.
"She's in good spirits, just in a little pain or whatever. Just a little nervous and scared, because she can't believe it happened," said Sabrena Rodgers, the niece of the 81-year-old who was treated and released from the hospital. "We need to work together with these youths, be more involved with their lives."
At 12:17 a.m. Saturday, police got a a call about a gunshot victim in the 900 block of Bagnall Road. Medics took her to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Officers expected her to recover.
At 3:03 a.m., Sentara Norfolk General Hospital contacted police in reference to six adults who walked int the emergency department with gunshot wounds. They supposedly were hit in the 800 block of West 36th Street when a car drove by and shot towards them. Someone called the Norfolk Emergency Operations Center say there was a seventh gunshot victim who stayed near the shooting location. Police found that person. They said the injuries were not life-threatening.
Saturday evening, Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith issued this statement:
This morning several citizens were senselessly injured by gunfire. These citizens, whether at a party or minding their own business, were shot by people who seem to think a gun is the only way to resolve an issue. I'm thankful no one was killed.
I have more than 740 police officers working hard every day to keep 245,000 people safe. We need the assistance of our citizens to combat the gun violence that is affecting our streets and harming our youth. Most importantly, our youth need to resolve their disputes differently than resorting to violence. This has no place in our society and will not be tolerated. It can be a family member, teacher or pastor to help instill in our youth that shooting someone to resolve their differences is immoral and wrong. We are asking the public to stand up against these senseless acts and help our children thrive in an environment where violence is not an option and guns are no longer the answer.
The Norfolk Police Department is doing its part. I am putting more resources in the neighborhoods affected by these senseless acts of violence. These resources will include uniformed patrol, vice and narcotics and gang investigators, as well as members of our Homeland Security Division. We will work hard to bring these perpetrators to justice and we appeal to our citizens for support.
-Chief Michael Goldsmith