A high school in Newport News, Virginia, was evacuated Monday afternoon after a shooting was reported.
“Police are on the scene of a shooting at Heritage High School. Students are being evacuated and sent to the tennis courts,” Newport News Police Department said around 12:15 p.m. local time in a post online.
Heritage High School students were sent to the tennis courts where parents were advised to meet their children.
Around 1 p.m, police said the rumors that there were active shooters at other schools are false, per WAVY.
“The suspect is not in custody,” Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew told reporters at a press conference just after 1:30 P.M. He confirmed that one 17-year-old male had been shot in the face and a 17-year-old girl had been shot in the leg. Both are expected to survive their injuries.
Another student with a broken arm had been transported to a hospital along with a student suffering from an asthma attack.
Chief Drew added that the FBI and state troopers were on the scene investigating the shooting. He said they were sweeping the building to make sure there was no one left inside.
Principal Dr. Earling Hunter thanked the police for their actions, including helping to reunite students with their parents, as well as his school’s faculty and staff.
Heritage High School is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Norfolk, Virginia. Students from grades 6 to 12 attend the school. Achievable Dream Academy, which is nearby, has gone into lockdown.
Shooting — Heritage High School –https://t.co/s6CcjGzwfi
— Newport News Police Department (@NewportNewsPD) September 20, 2021
Local media outlets report that there is a major police presence in the area.
Michelle Price, with Newport News Public Schools, told the WAVY-TV earlier in the day that a “major incident” had occurred.
— Brett Hall (@BrettHNews) September 20, 2021
Closely monitoring the situation at Heritage High School in Newport News. Praying for the safety of all involved.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) September 20, 2021
This is a developing story and the investigation remains ongoing.