Shooting that killed 1, injured 9 not being investigated as ‘mass shooting event’

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — One man is dead and nine others are injured after gunfire erupted during a large party in the Holly Cove neighborhood on Saturday, but police say it’s not being investigated as a mass shooting event.

The shooting happened off Airline Boulevard around 10 p.m. Chesapeake Police say they were already at the scene for reports of traffic congestion caused by the party when the shots rang out. 

Detectives say there were two groups of individuals that came to the party and got into an altercation. It ended with both groups shooting at each other, striking innocent bystanders with bullets, according to police. 

Police say this type of shooting does not fit the description for a mass shooting, even though the number of victims is high. A mass shooting event was described as “one or more suspects targeting innocent bystanders with the intent of causing death or injury.” 

The one man who was killed as a result of the shooting has been identified as 27-year-old Brandon Smith of Suffolk, according to police.

Police do not have any suspect descriptions at this time and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP. 

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