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7 injured in shooting at Virginia Commonwealth University


Seven people were injured in a shooting Tuesday on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus after a high school graduation ceremony was held there, Richmond police said.

Two people were in custody, police said at a news conference.

Three of the victims were being treated for injuries thought to be life-threatening and four had non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Investigators at the scene of a shooting at Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday.WWBT

An additional six people sought treatment for conditions including anxiety and falls, police said.

“Children were involved here, at a graduation,” Mayor Levar M. Stoney said. “This is tragic but also traumatic. Because this is their graduation day.”

The shooting took place at Monroe Park, an open space on campus, at 5:13 p.m., authorities said.

Huguenot High School’s graduation was scheduled to be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Altria Theater, adjacent to the park, according to the school’s website.

In a notice posted to the Richmond Public Schools website, the district said the shooting took place in the park after the graduation ceremony. It said all district schools would be closed Wednesday and all high school graduations this week have been canceled.

The university initially said the shooting was part of an “active threat” on campus. School officials later said in a campus alert, “There is no ongoing threat to the community but there is a heavy police presence at Monroe Park.”

State and local police were at the scene, and the Richmond Police Department was in charge of the investigation, the school said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Gemma DiCasimirro and Lindsey Pipia contributed.





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