VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - An online flyer advertising another 'Beach Weekend' in the resort city has residents worried about safety.
An event by the same name ended in violence at the Oceanfront in April; police responded to shootings, stabbings and assaults.
The new flyer is bringing back those bad memories for business owners and beach goers. It advertises 'Beach weekend Part 2,' hosted by someone named 'the 2 gun crew,' and has been circulating through social media sites.
"Once it got online, it spread really quick," said Mike Schirmer, who owns The Boxx on Atlantic Avenue. "I got 20 text messages with that flyer from different people. So the word is out. We are just wondering if it's going to happen or not."
A Virginia Beach police spokesperson said the police department is aware of the flyer and is working to determine its validity.
Schirmer says he thinks the flyer is fake, but the concern is real. During the first 'Beach Weekend,' Schirmer had to shut his doors to protect his workers from the crowds.
"If there is beach weekend again, we'll close," he said. "It's not worth it to us. We made no money that weekend. The only places that made money during beach week is McDonalds and the liquor store. "
Beach resident Joshua Lepchitz also witnessed the violent crowds, but thinks the flyers are a hoax.
"I'm not nervous about it," said Lepchitz. "I don't think it will happen. It's just someone looking for attention."
He feels confident police and businesses are more prepared for part two – if there ever is one.
"I think they will have a better idea what's coming and be better prepared for it ," said Lepchitz.
Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms addressed concerns on his Facebook page Monday. He wrote:
I' ve been receiving Facebook messages and posts about a flyer promoting Beach Weekend, Part 2, on July 26-28. I want everyone to know the City and Police Department are aware of the flyer, and we are monitoring the situation and staying on top of it. Thank you .
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