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Shooting at VA high school in big military town; students evacuated

Police lights (Dreamstime/TNS)
September 20, 2021

Authorities have responded to a shooting at Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia, Monday, city police confirmed. Newport News is home to Joint Base Langley-Eustis

Daily Press reporter Jessica Nolte tweeted that police confirmed two people were transported to a local hospital with “injuries not considered life-threatening.”

“No word on whether they were adults or students,” she continued.

According to local Fox station WFXR, students were being evacuated to the school’s outdoor tennis courts where parents can meet their children.

The Virginian-Pilot reported that around 1,200 students attend the Virginia high school, which also houses roughly 130 Huntington Middle School students.

As of 12:20 p.m. local time, Officer Brandon Maynard could not provide any additional details, but added police are investigating the incident.

Achievable Dream Academy, another school nearby the shooting, has been locked down.

Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott wrote on Twitter that he and his team are monitoring the situation.

“My staff and I are closely monitoring the shooting at Heritage High School,” Rep. Scott tweeted. “Police are advising all parents to pick up their students from the school’s tennis courts.”

Dan Kennedy with 13News Now shared images of the scene on Twitter, writing, “Police responding to a ‘major incident’ at Heritage High School in Newport News.”

Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled that the United States government is 60 percent responsible for the 2017 mass shooting involving a former Air Force airman that left 26 people dead in a Texas church.

According to a decision reviewed by Reuters, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriquez determined the Air Force bore “significant responsibility” for the victims of the First Baptist Church massacre that occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5, 2017.

The judge’s decision was due in large part to the Air Force’s failure to enter gunman Devin Patrick Kelley’s plea to domestic violence charges in a firearm background check database prior to the mass shooting.   

“The Court concludes that the Government failed to exercise reasonable care in its undertaking to submit criminal history to the FBI. The Government’s failure to exercise reasonable care increased the risk of physical harm to the general public, including Plaintiffs. And its failure proximately caused the deaths and injuries of Plaintiffs at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church on November 5, 2017,” Rodriguez wrote, as reported by ABC News.