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Virginia high school shooting left at least 2 injured: NPR

Two people were injured in a shooting at a Virginia high school on Monday afternoon, police said.

One victim at Heritage High School was shot in the face and the other in the leg, Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew told a news conference. The two were taken to hospital and neither injury was considered life threatening, he said.

The chief said authorities believed the suspect and the victims knew each other but did not provide details. The suspect was not in custody, but Drew said evidence was collected from the school grounds.

The building was evacuated and FBI agents and state soldiers were searching the school for anyone remaining inside, Drew said.

George Parker, superintendent of public schools for Newport News, said the high school was conducting random searches for firearms. Classes resumed on September 8, so the students were in their second full week of the school year.

Video from the scene showed parents on the sidewalks talking on cell phones as the crime scene tape spanned parts of the school parking lot.

Drew said two other people were taken to hospital after the shooting: one whose arm was broken as people ran away from school and another because of asthma.

Police noted that reports of active shooters at other schools were false.