Seven folks have been shot and several other extra have been injured in a taking pictures that occurred outdoors a highschool commencement ceremony in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday night, the authorities stated.
The taking pictures occurred simply earlier than 5:15 p.m. outdoors the Altria Theater, Rick Edwards, the appearing chief of the Richmond Police Division stated at a information convention on Tuesday night. He stated officers contained in the venue had heard gunshots and responded to the scene, the place that they had discovered “a number of victims affected by gunshot wounds.”
Three of those that have been shot sustained life-threatening accidents, Chief Edwards stated. The authorities didn’t talk about any potential motive or whether or not the taking pictures was related to the commencement.
A number of different folks, he stated, had gone to native hospitals with accidents apart from gunshots, together with one one that was “hit by a automotive throughout the melee.”
Two folks have been taken into custody, Chief Edwards stated. The authorities didn’t consider that there was an “ongoing menace to the neighborhood,” he stated.
Matthew Stanley, a spokesman for Richmond Public Faculties, confirmed that the taking pictures occurred in Monroe Park, adjoining to the Altria Theater, instantly after a commencement ceremony for college kids of Huguenot Excessive Faculty. One other ceremony scheduled for Tuesday night was canceled.
Clips posted to social media appeared to point out the aftermath of the shootings. In a single, emergency medical employees seemed to be administering CPR to a sufferer. College students have been nonetheless carrying their robes and caps. Different regalia have been strewn throughout the bottom.
Jonathan Younger, a member of the Richmond Metropolis Faculty Board, stated he and his colleagues had simply completed celebrating some 300 graduating college students when he heard about 20 consecutive gunshots that “prompted a mad rush dash to get again contained in the constructing.”Emergency medical employees and law enforcement officials have been rapidly on the scene, he stated, including that he had seen many individuals who appeared to have been injured in what he described as a “stampede.” Mr. Younger stated his shock rapidly turned to “disgust and to anger.”
A press release posted on the web site for the Richmond Public Faculties on Tuesday night addressed households and workers members, saying that “after the Huguenot Excessive Faculty commencement ceremony, a taking pictures occurred outdoors in Monroe Park.” The message stated all public colleges within the metropolis would shut on Wednesday as a cautionary measure.
“I’m simply bored with seeing folks get shot,” Jason Kamras, the superintendent of Richmond Public Faculties, stated on the information convention. “Our children get shot, and I encourage of all the neighborhood to cease.”
“Our children can’t take it,” Mr. Kamras stated. “Our academics can’t take it. Our households can take it anymore. I encourage of you to cease.”