Heritage High School Shooting
Two people were taken to the hospital due to the Heritage High School shooting with wounds that are “not believed to be life-threatening, Virginia Police said .”
Police tweeted through verified media that the investigation was ongoing.
According to a tweet from the police, students were being evacuated and sent to the tennis court on campus.
Shooting — Heritage High School –https://t.co/s6CcjGzwfi
— Newport News Police Department (@NewportNewsPD) September 20, 2021
Newport News police public information officer Kelly T. King could not provide details about any potential suspect.
In a tweet Monday afternoon, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said that he’s “in close contact with first responders.”
He advised people to avoid the area and follow guidance from law enforcement.
Police said reports of active shooters at other schools in the city were false.
“Closely monitoring the horrifying reports of a shooting at Heritage High School in Newport News,” U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said on Twitter. “Praying for the health and safety of all involved as we wait to learn more.”
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said that he and his team were in close contact with first responders. Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott said on Twitter his staff was monitoring the situation.
About 1,300 students attend Heritage High School, according to Newport News Public Schools. Students returned to classes on Sept. 8 and were in their second whole week at the school.
Newport News is located at the southeastern end of the Virginia Peninsula, just north of Norfolk.
Several other schools across the U.S. have also seen shootings in school buildings since returning to in-person learning this year.
Authorities took the suspected shooter into custody Monday afternoon, Drew said.
Steve Drew said Monday afternoon that authorities took the suspected shooter who opened fire earlier at Heritage High School in Newport News into custody.
“The individual is in custody,” Drew said, crediting “individuals who called in, family members who called in from our students here” and “the cooperation that we have” for the arrest.
The investigation remains ongoing.