Mayor Sessoms: ‘Police were fully engaged and did an admirable job’

Posted at 10:18 AM, Apr 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-29 11:41:27-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - Chaos erupted at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront this past weekend - with three shootings, three stabbings, and three robberies Saturday night, all within a four hour time-frame. Thousands of people were there for College Beach Weekend.

Mayor Will Sessoms issued the following statement on his Facebook page over the weekend, addressing the criminal activities at the Oceanfront:

“For all those who have been posting on Facebook, or inquiring about my thoughts pertaining to the weekend, I appreciate the concern and the questions.

The events that transpired Saturday evening into early Sunday morning at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront should in no way, shape or form be compared to Greekfest 1989. The disruption at the Oceanfront was just that — a disruption. The police were fully engaged and did an admirable job of not allowing the situation to escalate. I am proud that our law enforcement officers readily maintained the safety of the public, and I want to assure the citizens of this fine city that all is safe and sound.

I also want people to know that our police officers, as well as City officials, including myself, were keeping an eye on the situation at the Oceanfront. I myself spent some time down there late Friday night into Saturday morning.

Again, thank you for your questions, thoughts and concerns.”

NewsChannel 3 will provide updates to this story, today starting First at Four. Stay tuned for additional information.

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