NEWPORT NEWS, VA (AP) – Two students were injured Monday afternoon in a shooting at a Virginia high school, police said.
Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said at a news conference that a 17-year-old boy was shot in the face and a 17-year-old girl was shot in the leg at Heritage High School. He said both were taken to the hospital and none of the injuries were considered life-threatening.
The chief said officers believed the suspect and the victim knew each other but did not give details. The suspect was not in custody, but Drew said evidence was recovered on the grounds of the school. He said investigators are looking at the footage and other evidence and are working with the FBI and schools to identify the suspect.
Drew said the building had been evacuated and that FBI agents and the state’s military were searching for anyone living in the school.
Newport News Public School superintendent George Parker said the high school conducts random searches of guns. Classes resumed on September 8, so students were in their second full week of the school year.
“No superintendent, no teacher or principal would ever want to go through this situation,” Parker said. “Just seeing the faces of our students and how scared they were in these circumstances, and the staff outside, who are traumatised. …no one would want to go through these circumstances.”
Video of the scene shows tactical units arriving at the scene, with parents talking on cellphones on the sidewalk as crime scene tapes spread across parts of the school’s parking lot.
Drew said two other people were taken to the hospital after the shooting: one whose arm was injured because people ran away from school and the other because of asthma.
Police noted that reports of active shooters in other schools were false.