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Surveillance footage shows fight, school shooting in Newport News

Surveillance footage shows fight, school shooting in Newport News

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Court documents: Video shows fight, school shooting

A woman watches as Newport News police officers and Virginia state troopers respond to the scene of a shooting at Heritage High School in Newport News, Va., Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (Jonathon Gruenke/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

NEWPORT NEWS — Surveillance footage from inside a Newport News high school where two students were shot Monday shows a student opening fire in a hallway after a teacher broke up the student’s fight with one of the shooting victims, according to court records.

According to court records, the fight at Heritage High School lasted only a few seconds, but the video footage shows a 15-year-old dropping his backpack, pulling a gun from his waistband and firing multiple times at a 17-year-old student, local news outlets reported.

The 17-year-old was shot in the head and leg, and his fingers were severely injured. Another 17-year-old walking down the hallway was shot in her leg. Both of the teens who were shot were expected to recover from their injuries, according to court records.

The 15-year-old ran out of the school, and a gun was found in a trash can just outside the door, according to court records.

Police identified the suspected shooter in several ways, including from papers in the backpack he dropped. The video also showed the 15-year-old wearing an electronic ankle monitor, devices that courts often mandate to track defendants on probation. One of his teachers said the 15-year-old left her class for lunch but did not return, according to court records.

The 15-year-old’s parents received an anonymous phone call saying their son committed the shooting. He was interviewed at police headquarters before he was charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and several firearm counts.

The teen who was shot in his head told detectives a student he didn’t know came up to him, began fighting, then pulled out a gun and shot him. Though the wounded teen told police he didn’t know the shooter, Police Chief Steve Drew said at a news conference Monday that the shooting appeared to be targeted.


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