At least two students were wounded in shooting at high school in Newport News, Virginia Monday morning, according to police.
A few hours after the shooting at Heritage High School, police stated that a juvenile male was taken into custody.
Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew told reporters the two victims are 17 years old, noting that they were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A boy was shot on the side of his face and a girl was shot in her lower leg, according to the police.
Moreover, Drew said at least two other people were injured in connection with the shooting and taken to a hospital.
One person had a “sprained or broken arm” and one person with asthma had “breathing issues,” he noted, adding that a fifth person may have gone directly to a hospital.
The police said the suspect was not in custody and knew the victims. It was not immediately clear if the shooter was a student, Drew said, but there was some video of the incident.
“There’s been some evidence recovered at the scene and other parts of the school grounds,” Drew said, adding, “I’m confident we’ll be able to determine who this individual is.”
On his part, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said on Twitter that he and his team were in close contact with first responders. “As more information becomes available, please avoid the area and follow all instructions from law enforcement,” Northam tweeted.
Pam and I are grateful to the first responders for their heroic work today in Newport News. Our prayers are with those hospitalized, their families, and the entire community. Virginia has made great strides to reduce gun violence—and we have more work to do.
— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) September 20, 2021