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2 students shot at Virginia high school; suspect in custody

Sara Gregory, Jessica Nolte, Peter Dujardin and Lisa Vernon Sparks, The Virginian-Pilot on

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Two teenagers were shot Monday morning at Heritage High School, Newport News police said.

The teens are both 17 years old, a boy and a girl, police Chief Steve Drew said in an afternoon press conference. They were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The boy was shot on the side of his face and the girl was shot in her leg, Drew said.

At least two others were taken to the hospital — one with a sprained wrist and another who suffered an asthma attack — with injuries that happened as students were rushing out of the building.

The first call for help came at 11:38 a.m., Drew said.

There was one shooter, Drew said, who has been taken into custody. Drew would not say whether the suspect is a student but said investigators believe he knew the victims. A press release from the police identified the suspect only as a male juvenile.


Police were still sweeping the building two hours later, to make sure everyone was out.

Students sheltered in place at first, Superintendent George Parker said, then were sent to the tennis courts, where their families could meet them.

Parker said counselors were talking with students.

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


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