NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A 15-year-old Heritage High School student was arraigned Tuesday on charges of shooting two fellow students at the school Monday morning.
The Newport News teen appeared by video conference before Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Jeffrey C. Rountree on a slew of felony charges.
That included two counts of aggravated malicious wounding — a crime punishable by life in prison — in the shooting at about 11:38 a.m., setting off a scramble by other students for safety.
Two students — a male and female, both 17 — were shot, with the male hit on the side of the face and the female struck in the leg.
Police said their wounds are not considered life-threatening.
Aside from the aggravated malicious wounding charges, the teen faces nine gun charges.
That includes seven felonies — two counts of using a firearm in a felony, and one count each of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, possession of a firearm on school property, discharging a firearm on school property, discharging in an occupied building, and felony reckless handling.
Moreover, he faces misdemeanor charges of underage possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed handgun without a permit.
It couldn’t be determined Tuesday what jurisdiction the past felony occurred in.
The teen, wearing jail garb and a mask, appeared at the hearing by teleconference from the nearby juvenile detention center.