News 3 investigates weapon law violations around Hampton Roads

Posted at 8:20 PM, Jul 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-02 18:52:59-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Gun violence is happening throughout Hampton Roads and across the state of Virginia.

News 3 has been analyzing some of the numbers from the Virginia State Police report from 2020.

According to the report, there were about 15,700 violent crime offenses involving more than 18,000 victims statewide.

Of all violent crime offenses, 51% occurred at a home, and firearms were used in 41% of aggravated assaults.

News 3 looked through the number of weapon law violations for the seven cities in Hampton Roads:

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The Norfolk Police Department later told us the numbers for the City of Norfolk that are reflected in VSP's report are inaccurate, attributing the error to the possibility of criminal incident information not migrating from NPD's previous records management software (RMS) to its current one during this time period. They said they're looking into the matter.

Norfolk Police provided us with the accurate statistics from the period of January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020:

City of Norfolk Statistics for 2020 (Current RMS):

  • Total Cases: 971
  • Total Adult Arrests: 447
  • Total Juvenile Arrests: 19

Many police chiefs and community leaders around the region are working to try and combat some of these issues associated with violence in their communities.

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