2 students taken to hospital after shooting at Heritage High in Newport News, suspect now in custody

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News police say two students who were shot Monday at Heritage High School are expected to recover, and the suspect is now in custody.

Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said both victims were 17 years old. A boy was shot in the side of the face and a girl was shot in the lower leg. Drew said both of the two victims’ injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

“Reports I just got from the hospital is that neither [wound] is considered life-threatening, and I thank God for that. That is the most important thing,” Chief Drew said. He was getting ready to head to the hospital to meet with the victims.

Just after 2:40 p.m. Drew said the suspect, a boy, was in custody after help from the community. He couldn’t give details about who exactly he was and where he was arrested, but confirmed it was off-site from the school and that a gun was recovered. It’s still unclear how the suspect originally got the gun into the school.

Drew earlier said information indicates that the victims and suspect knew each other and it doesn’t appear that the shooter was looking to shoot others.

The school was evacuated and two other people suffered non gunshot-related injuries.

“We do believe that they knew each other … I don’t believe that this is an individual that is searching the community to hurt members,” Drew said. He said he couldn’t speculate further.

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Rumors that there were active shooters at other schools were false, police said.

Students were evacuated and sent to the school’s tennis courts, where parents could meet their children. The school also includes 6th and 7th graders, after the closure of Huntington Middle School.

Nearby Achievable Dream Middle and High School were also placed on lockdown.

Police first got the call at 11:38 a.m. and there was still a major police presence in the area Monday afternoon. The FBI confirmed it is assisting Newport News police and evidence has been collected inside the school.

Several Virginia lawmakers and others shared statements after the news broke.

Newport News Public Schools canceled after-school activities at all city schools for Monday.

Thomas Nelson Community College said evening classes scheduled for Monday at the Southeast Higher Education Center will be held virtually. The center is near Heritage High School.

Black Lives Matter 757 also tweeted it would hold a vigil tonight at 7:57 p.m. in Newport News.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Look for more information coming up.

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