April 30, 2013
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach police say they made nearly 150 arrests stemming from a rowdy and violent weekend at the Oceanfront.
At least eight people were injured on Saturday night and early Sunday morning when there were several shootings, stabbings and robberies.
The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/14L6KXm) that police estimate between 30,000 and 40,000 people congregated at the Oceanfront for an event known as College Beach Weekend 2013.
Flyers advertised hotel and party specials at private businesses. The events did not require city permits and city officials say they were caught off-guard by the size of the crowds.
Some business owners say the weekend was reminiscent of Greekfest, a Labor Day party for students from historically black colleges in 1989 that led to rioting, looting and a National Guard presence at the Oceanfront.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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