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Two Dead After Virginia High School Graduation Shooting

Two people are dead after a shooting outside a theater in Richmond, Va., where a high school graduation ceremony had recently concluded, causing attendees to flee in panic and worry for their loved ones, USA Today reports. A 19-year-old suspect was taken into custody and will be charged with two counts of second-degree murder, said Interim Richmond Police Chief Rick Edwards. Edwards confirmed that an 18-year-old male student and a 36-year-old man at the graduation were killed. Five others suffered gunshot wounds, with one suffering life-threatening injuries.

Officers inside Altria Theater, where the graduation ceremony for Huguenot High School was taking place, heard gunfire around 5:15 p.m. and radioed to police stationed outside, who found multiple victims. The sudden gunfire caused graduation attendees to flee frantically. Cries could be heard and people were seen holding onto their children in the chaos. "As they heard the gunfire, it was obviously chaos," Edwards said. "We had hundreds of people in Monroe Park, so people scattered. It was very chaotic at the scene." At least 12 others were treated at the scene or at a hospital for injuries unrelated to the shooting. Police said two people were treated for falls; one child was hit by a car and sustained non-life-threatening injuries; and 9 people were treated for minor injuries or anxiety. "We’re going to do everything we can to bring the individuals involved in this to justice," said Mayor Levar Stoney. "This should not be happening anywhere." T


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