NEWPORT NEWS — A 15-year-old has been charged in a shooting at a Newport News high school that wounded two fellow students, police announced Tuesday.
Newport News police said in a news release that the juvenile male, whose identity was not released, was charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, along with other weapon-related offenses. The teen was charged Monday as a juvenile, police spokesperson Kelly King said by email.
Students at Heritage High School were in their second full week of the school year on Monday when the shots rang out before noon, sending students and staff seeking places to hide. A 17-year-old was shot in the side of his face and another 17-year-old was shot in her leg, Police Chief Steve Drew said at a news conference.
Both students were taken to a hospital and neither injury was thought to be life-threatening, he said. The shooter fled the scene, police said.
Drew said two others were taken to a hospital after the shooting: one whose arm was injured as people ran from school, and another because of asthma.
In a Facebook Live chat with the community on Tuesday, Drew called the shooting an isolated act. Based on interviews, police believe the shooter didn’t go to school to harm multiple people, but rather he had an issue with two people. The firearm was found at the shooting scene, Drew said.
Police responded to the school and searched the building, clearing it room by room, Drew said. Police conducted an extensive search of the area after receiving identifying information about the shooter and tips from the community and school personnel, police said.
About three hours after the shooting, a family member took the teen to juvenile services and he was then taken to Newport News police headquarters for an interview, police said Tuesday.