Residents near entertainment venue respond to overnight shooting

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Chesapeake police say three people were shot outside a popular entertainment venue overnight on Monday.

A WAVY crew was on scene as detectives looked for clues outside the VA Live building on South Military Highway near George Washington Highway. The shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. Monday.

A police officer on the scene told our crew, the three people who were shot went to the hospital and should be OK.  A public information officer said the suspect or suspects are still on the loose.  Witnesses saw them driving away from the scene.

Police do not have a suspect or vehicle description though.

According to its website, VA Live is an entertainment center that people can rent out to host different types of parties.

A person identifying themselves only as VA Live Entertainment Complex Representative sent the following statement to WAVY via the email address anonymous-equality@hotmail.com:

We are currently working with the police department. We, like any other other establishment that has an unfortunate situation take these matters seriously and our entertainment complex always and will continue to maintain the highest proper level of security on site. We acknowledge the unruly actions of a few individuals but in fairness to the rest of our patrons, this isolated situation does not represent them and their maturity. We “THANK YOU” for your concern.

They also stated that they had no further statements due to the ongoing investigation.

10 On Your Side did some digging and found a 2014 resolution allowing the owners of V.A. Live to use a city-owned lot for overflow parking. The Chesapeake City Clerk’s office says the agreement was terminated in May 2015.

A crime report submitted by Chief of Police Kelvin Wright was part of the information given to council members before approving the plan. It shows 25 incidents in 2013 and as of mid-2014 there were already 21 reported incidents.

Chesapeake Police have not yet responded to our inquiry about the number of incidents at the business this year.

VA Live also received a warning from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) back in March — which was the second the company had received since it opened.

However, the crime is why neighbors say they want the business to close.

Stephanie Forbes, lives behind VA Live and told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings, “I wish I had the money to move out of here for the safety of my children.”

Forbes is furious and fed up with what she said she often sees near her home. “Its horrible you know. It all revolves around violence,” she said.

Forbes and her family were home when police say three people were shot.

“My whole family was asleep and yet again we get woken up by massive gunfire and the first thing that I can think of was grabbing my children,” she said.

It was a frightening morning, but not an uncommon occurrence in her six years living there.

Samantha Leyda also lives lives behind VA Live. “Every time they have a party there’s loud noises, the typical music from a club. Then around 1:30 to 2 a.m. there’s sudden pop, pop, pop its always a lot of shots,” she said.

“I ultimately want this place shut down. Shut it down. There is too many families around here that do not deserve this,” Forbes said.

The neighbors say they plan to start a petition to get the business closed.

In the meantime, police say they need help solving the shooting investigation. If you can help, call the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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