Two people were killed, and five others were injured after a shooter opened fire outside of a high school graduation ceremony in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday evening, according to the city’s interim police chief.
Other persons were harmed while attempting to flee the gunshots around Richmond’s Monroe Park, including a 9-year-old child hit by a car, Richmond Interim Police Chief Rick Edwards told reporters Tuesday night.
The police initially held two people, but one was later released. Police will recommend two counts of second-degree murder against the other, a 19-year-old detained Tuesday night with four pistols, whom detectives believe may have known one of the victims, Edwards said.
A 36-year-old guy who attended the ceremony at a theater outside the park on Tuesday and an 18-year-old student who graduated from school were killed. They weren’t given names.
BREAKING: A mass shooting has taken place outside of a Richmond, Virginia High School Graduation celebration.
– 7 shot outside the Altria Theater in Richmond, Virginia
– The shooting took place in Monroe Park after the Huguenot High School graduation
– 2 suspects… pic.twitter.com/HmpfPtaQRd
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) June 7, 2023
According to Richmond Public Schools representative Matthew Stanley, the shooting occurred at Monroe Park following Huguenot High School’s celebration in the Altria Theater. The theater is across the street from Virginia Commonwealth University’s park.
In addition to the two people who were slain, five other people were shot, including a 14-year-old kid and four males who ranged in age from 31 to 58. According to Edwards, four of those hurt had non-life-threatening wounds.
According to Edwards, the 9-year-old hit by a car received non-life-threatening medical care Tuesday night.
Just before 5:15 p.m. ET, three off-duty police officers who were manning security at the ceremony heard gunfire outside. According to the temporary police chief, other officers on traffic duty responded after they radioed a call of shots fired.
Although the suspect attempted to flee the scene, VCU police were able to catch him.
Is there no longer anything sacred? Is there anything still religious? Levar M. Stoney, the mayor of Richmond, remarked at the initial press conference.
The mayor vowed Whoever was responsible would be brought to justice, “not just for the families involved, but for the city.”
Outside the scene, people embraced each other and hugged, still processing the scene unfolding. https://t.co/m9h4zqTkWF
— NBC12 WWBT Richmond (@NBC12) June 7, 2023
Stanley added that after the Huguenot High graduation ceremony was postponed, a separate high school’s graduation event was set for the theater. According to the school system’s website, graduation ceremonies for three schools were selected for Tuesday at Altria Theater.
Jason Kamras, superintendent of Richmond Public Schools, claimed that the graduation ceremony had been completed and that graduates were outside taking pictures with their families when the shooting occurred. According to Edwards, hundreds of people were in the park then.
Kamras said, “I don’t have any more words about this. “I’m sick of hearing about people getting shot, especially our kids. And I implore everyone in the neighborhood to quit.
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According to a Virginia Commonwealth University notice released at 5:15 p.m., Monroe Park was the shooting scene. The alert page stated that there was no longer a threat an hour later.