ODU student dies in Va. Beach shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) — Virginia Beach Police are investigating a shooting that took place at a party on Saturday.

Dispatchers received the call around 11:05 p.m. Saturday night for shots fired near the 400 block of Hill Meadow Drive. Upon arrival, police found a large party at a private residence that had been rented for the weekend.

“The first time it was just two (shots),” neighbor Rosa Binns said. “Then a few minutes later I hear another one and another one.”

According to Virginia Beach Police, officers were able to confirm that no one was injured, found no property damage and no evidence of a gun having been fired.

Police cleared the call after speaking to the party hosts about keeping better control of the party and to keep the noise down.

At 2:27 a.m., police were called again to the same address, again for a report of shots fired, where they found the victim — 20-year-old Darren Campbell — suffering from a gunshot wound.

Campbell is a student at Old Dominion University.

“I was sleeping and then that shooting woke me up too,” Binns said. “I was looking out the window and I saw them bring the gurney in and take somebody away.”

Campbell was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries where he was pronounced dead. Detectives have notified Campbell’s next of kin and have been in touch with officials from ODU.

President John Broderick sent the following message to the ODU community Sunday night:

Dear Campus Community:

There are no words that can adequately express my heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Darren Campbell, who was the victim of a senseless shooting Sunday morning while in Virginia Beach.

Several students stopped me this evening in Webb Center to recall fondly their friendship with Darren, who was just 20 years old. He had a bright future, according to his friends. Our collective thoughts and prayers go out to all who loved him.

As Dr. Neufeldt mentioned in an earlier note to the campus, Old Dominion’s Counseling Center is available to students, faculty, and staff by calling 757-683-4401.

The case is still under investigation. No word on any suspect at this time.

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