Police: 2 injured in high school shooting in Virginia

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) – Two students were injured in a high school shooting in Virginia on Monday afternoon, police said.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the face at Heritage High School and a 17-year-old girl was shot in the leg, Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said at a conference hurry. Both were taken to hospital and neither wounds were found to be fatal, 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. Investigators were reviewing pictures and other evidence and working with the FBI and schools to identify the suspect, he said.

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 students were in their second full week of the school year.

“No superintendent, teacher or principal would want to go through this situation,” Parker said. “Just seeing the faces of our students and how scared they were under these circumstances, and our traumatized staff. … No one would want to go through these circumstances.

Video from the scene showed tactical units arriving at the scene, 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 injured as people ran away from school and another because of asthma.

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

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