VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - It was supposed to be a weekend of partying before finals for college students, instead a college beach week turned into chaos.
"I saw two girls fighting I don't know why," Baltimore resident Kharizma Jackson said. "I don't know what happened."
"There was a lot of drama and a few gunshots too," Washington DC resident Corey Martin added.
In the midst of the college inspired parties and heavy police presence, police say there were three shootings, two stabbings and three robberies during the overnight hours Saturday to early Sunday. City officials estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people came down to the Oceanfront for Beach Week, and there were more than 80 officers keeping watch.
The event attracts a lot of out-of-towners like Jackson who traveled from Baltimore for the weekend event. She says she's unfazed by all the violence.
"I think it's still fun," Jackson said. "It happens when you get a lot of people together this stuff happens everywhere you go. It's like that."
The large crowds had a major effect on Oceanfront business. It brought in some big sales, but also a lot of trouble.
"We want tourists, but on the other hand it's disappointing when things just get out of hand," said Kathy Grissom, owner of Pirate's Paradise Mini Golf.
The commotion came right to Grissom's business Saturday night. Her surveillance video caught several men dragging their injured friend to a table.
"The individual was bleeding from his face and he really wasn't able to communicate real well," Grissom said.
Grissom says it took an hour for an ambulance to come help the young man. Virginia Beach dispatchers were flooded with calls during the commotion at the Oceanfront.
"It was very intense," Grissom said. "It's hard when you call for help and nobody responds."
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