At least two people were shot and two others injured Monday in a high school shooting in Newport News, Va., Police said.
Two people were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds that are not considered life threatening, Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said.
One person had a “sprained or broken arm” and a person with asthma was taken to hospital with “breathing problems,” he said. A fifth person may have gone straight to the hospital, he added.
The suspect was not in custody and knew the victims, police said.
Drew said police believed “there had been some sort of altercation.”
The students were evacuated and sent to nearby tennis courts, where parents were invited to meet them. Videos shared on social media showed students and adults gathered near the fences. Mental health counselors were on site.
Police said reports of active shooters at other schools in the city were false.
“Closely monitoring horrific reports of shooting at Heritage High School in Newport News,” US Senator Mark Warner noted on Twitter. “Pray for the health and safety of everyone involved while we wait to find out more.”
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said on twitter that he and his team were in close contact with first responders.Virginie representing Bobby Scott noted on Twitter, his team was monitoring the situation.
About 1,300 students attend Heritage High School, according to Newport News Public Schools. The students returned to class on September 8 and were in their second full week at school.
Newport News is located at the southeastern end of the Virginia Peninsula, just north of Norfolk.
Several other schools across the United States have also seen shootings in school buildings since the return to in-person learning this year.
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