Norfolk, Va. – Another shooting this weekend has sent two more Old Dominion University students to the hospital, according to Police.
Emergency dispatchers received calls around 1:00 a.m. Sunday of a shooting incident near Hampton Boulevard and 40th Street.
When officers arrived, they found two men, ages 19 and 22, suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
Medics transported the victims to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where Police say they are expected to recover.
It all started when an argument broke out between several people at a party, according to witnesses. During that argument a man began shooting.
Just a few blocks away the night before, Keith Lendore, 26, and two other ODU students were shot outside of a party in the area of 37th Street and Killam Ave.
Detectives do not believe the two incidents are related, at this time.
Over the weekend, both the Norfolk Police Dept. and ODU have increased patrols in and around the campus. “We want students to enjoy their homecoming weekend without fear of being hurt. If anyone sees something that does not feel right, trust that instinct, leave the area, and give Police a call right away,” said a Norfolk Police patrol officer.
While the shooting did not happen on the university’s campus nor at a university sponsored event, ODU sent students an alert at 4:21 a.m. advising them of the incident.
They also released this statement Sunday night:
“The Old Dominion Police Department (ODUPD) doubled patrol staffing in anticipation of large crowds, on- and off-campus, during the evening and early morning hours of Homecoming weekend.
ODUPD will continue patrolling these areas proactively in support of the off-campus community and the Norfolk Police Department, whose agency has primary or full police jurisdiction of Norfolk neighborhoods surrounding campus.
The proactive safety enhancements and educational programs ODUPD implemented recently have resulted in a drop in crime incidents on campus, falling below the national average for large universities. But crime in Norfolk continues to be a challenge. We are committed to supporting Norfolk Police’s efforts in surrounding neighborhoods and encourage the community to report any suspicious activity to police. The safety of our students is a top priority, and by working together, we can help prevent further violence.”
Police say the shooter is described as a black male with shoulder length dreadlocks, 18 to 25 years old and 5’10” to 6’1″. He was last seen wearing a red or red and black hoodie.
The suspect ran away towards West 40th Street.
Detectives aren’t working any suspect leads in either case, but encourage you to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP with any information.