Violence plagues start of summer at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Posted at 3:26 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 16:43:14-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Another shooting at the Oceanfront has people who live and work there calling the violence out of control.

"The amount of activity and the gun violence is just out of control," said Liz McNulty, who lives near the scene of the latest shooting. "I seem to be not the only one saying that. Everyone is saying that."

A male was seriously hurt in Tuesday night's shooting in a parking lot at 23rd Street and Pacific Avenue. Investigators have arrested Isaiah Jemaine Clemons and charged him with Robbery, Felonious Assault and ​Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony.

"It's pretty scary to think that happened," said McNulty.

About eight blocks up, a man was shot and killed in a parking garage early Monday morning. There have been five shootings around the Oceanfront during the month of June, according to police news releases.

"It's been a chaotic summer so far and it hasn't really even started," said Heather Mathias, the manager of the nearby Flip Flop Shops. She's reduced hours at night, so employees aren't there late after dark. "The violence has taken away a lot of the customers and made it so nobody wants to be out after dark."

Virginia Beach Police are aware of the concerns and have staffed up around the Oceanfront, a department spokesperson said.

With summer set to go into full swing, people here are hoping things calm down. "I don't really think there's very much that can be done except the violence coming to a halt and it not being so crazy," said Mathias.