ODU student shot to death outside of Virginia Beach house party

Posted at 10:23 AM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 14:51:03-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - 20-year-old Darren Campbell is the ODU student identified by police after a fatal shooting in Virginia Beach Sunday morning.

The incident happened at 409 Hill Meadow Drive in the Oceana Gardens section of the city.

Police said they were called out to this same location twice on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

They initially responded to a report of a dispute and gunshots at a large party being held at a private residence that had been rented for the weekend.

At that time, police said no one was injured and there was no evidence that shots had been fired. They spoke to the hosts of the party about maintaining control of the party and the noise.

Just a few hours later at 2:27 a.m., police were called back out to the same home for shots fired, and this time they found Darren Campbell suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to the hospital for life-threatening injuries where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives have notified the family and have also spoken with officials at ODU.

ODU Vice President Ellen Neufeldt sent a statement to all students saying :

"Dear Campus Community,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the tragic loss of a fellow Monarch.  Darren Campbell, 20, passed away April 24, 2016.  Virginia Beach Police informed University officials that Darren was the victim of a gunshot while attending a gathering at a Virginia Beach residence. He was a junior marketing major from Chesterfield, Virginia.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Darren's family.  I know that you join me and the rest of the Monarch community in extending to Darren's family and friends our most sincere condolences during this difficult time.

Old Dominion's Counseling Center is available to students, faculty, and staff who are having difficulty.  You may make an appointment at the Counseling Center by calling 757-683-4401."

This case remains under investigation by the Virginia Beach Homicide Unit.

Police are urging anyone with evidence about this incident to please come forward.