“I don’t believe that this is an individual that is searching the community to hurt members,” Police Chief Steve Drew said, adding that investigators believe the victims were known to the suspect.
Drew said there was “some type of altercation” leading up to the incident at Heritage High School, but he was unclear on details. He could not say whether the shooter was a student.
Drew said evidence was recovered from the school and its grounds. “There is some footage and some evidence there that we’re looking at,” he said.
Police are working with the FBI and “I’m confident we’ll be able to determine who this individual is,” Drew said.
Two people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds that were not considered life threatening. At least two others were taken to hospitals — one with asthma, and another with an arm injury from when people were running out of the school, Drew said. Their conditions were not known.
Police are now searching “every inch of the school,” Drew said.
School Superintendent George Parker III said he anticipates the school will go with virtual learning for the next few days and work to make sure students can return safely.
“That will not happen until we have discussed this matter and looked at better ways to ensure something like this never happens again,” he said.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a tweet Monday afternoon that he’s “in close contact with first responders.”
He advised people to avoid the area and follow guidance from law enforcement.
US Sen. Mark Warner tweeted that he’s “closely monitoring the horrifying reports” and “praying for the health and safety of all involved as we wait to learn more.”