BREAKING NEWS: ‘At least four shot’ at Virginia high school graduation ceremony as victims are ‘taken out on stretchers and board members remain in lockdown’
- Dozens of loud bangs were heard outside a Richmond Public School graduation in Virginia on Tuesday
- Local reports say that there are ‘at least four victims’ of the shooting and people are ‘being taken out on stretchers’
- Police say that the shooting occurred at the Altria Theater on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University – Police say there is an active threat
An active shooter has opened fire at a high school graduation in Virginia with reports of ‘at least four’ victims, as ‘hundreds’ reportedly ran to take cover from the threat.
Police swarmed the Altria Theater in Richmond on Tuesday afternoon where at least ’20 bangs’ were heard according to local reports.
School board member Jonathan Young told 8News that there were ‘multiple injuries’ at the Huguenot High School ceremony scheduled to start at 4pm.
He told CBS 6: ‘We immediately heard a series of probably 20 loud bangs in consecutive order.
‘And that prompted of course a lot of persons, probably a few 100 persons to make a rush back inside the Altria… controlled chaos.’
Images and video from the scene show multiple law enforcement officers inside and outside the theater as bystanders are warned to avoid the area.
It’s believed ‘kids were taking graduation photos’ as the shooter opened fire.
Multiple people have been allegedly shot at a high school graduation in Virginia with police warning the shooter is still active
It’s believed ‘kids were taking graduation photos’ as the shooter opened fire
Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney released a statement on Twitter about the situation.
‘Currently monitoring the situation at Monroe Park. In touch with RPD and RPS. Will make information available as it comes in. Please avoid the area,’ Stoney’s tweet reads.
Richmond Police tweeted: ‘RPD is on scene for a shooting located at Laurel Street and Franklin Street. Multiple injuries reported.
‘There is no immediate threat to the public. Briefing to follow. Avoid the area.’
DailyMail.com has contacted Richmond Police, VCU and Huguenot High School for comment.
This is a developing story.