Campus Chaos: Shooting at Virginia Commonwealth University Leaves 2 dead 5 Injured

By Steve Gorman and Daniel Trotta – (Reuters) In Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, a man with four pistols opened fire on a gathering outside a high school graduation ceremony, killing two people and injuring five others, according to authorities.

One suspect, a 19-year-old who knew one of the victims and fired at him in the audience that had just left the Huguenot High School graduating ceremony held inside a theater on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus, according to police, was apprehended.

Interim Richmond Police Chief Rick Edwards stated during a press conference that the defendant will probably face many charges, including two counts of second-degree murder.

Edwards referred to the shooter’s actions as “disgusting and cowardly,” noting that they appeared to be focused on a single individual.

“When you have a crowd like this, innocent people are going to be caught up in the mayhem, and that’s what happened today. ” Edwards said. “Obviously, this should have been a safe space…It’s just incredibly tragic that someone decided to bring a gun to this incident and rain terror on our community.”

Mass shootings in public locations including schools, malls, and churches have become commonplace in the US.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, which uses the criterion of four or more persons are shot or killed in a single occurrence, not counting the perpetrator, the mass shooting was the nation’s 279th in the first 157 days of 2023.

Men between the ages of 18 and 36 died, according to Edwards. He declined to confirm that the casualties were a father and son, as claimed in a WWBT television news story.

A 31-year-old guy was among the injured, and four other men, ages 14, 32, 55, and 58, were expected to live, according to Edwards.

In the confusion that followed, a 9-year-old girl was also hit by a car, and several other individuals had falls or experienced fear, according to Edwards.

He stated that it was too early in the inquiry to be positive, but three of the four pistols the suspect was found in possession of may have been discharged as he left the scene on foot.

Source : Reuters news service (Editing by Tom Hogue and Lincoln Feast; reporting by Daniel Trotta and Steve Gorman)

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