A tragic shooting near Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) this Tuesday left two victims deceased and five others wounded. Altria Theater saw a sorrowful and disturbing incident that began at 5:13 pm, when a suspect opened fire following the graduation of the local high school.
The victims included an 18-year-old newly graduated male and a 36-year-old male, both of whom were killed. The remaining five faced a range of injuries, among them, falls, and one juvenile was struck by a car, yet all injuries were considered nonlife-threatening.
The suspect was apprehended by the police, who discovered multiple handguns in the suspect’s possession; the suspect, who reportedly knew at least one of the victims, will be charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
Due to this tragedy, the graduation ceremony of Thomas Jefferson High School scheduled for Tuesday was immediately canceled and will be rescheduled in the future.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney expressed his sadness after the tragedy occurred and assured citizens that his administration will do their best to bring justice to all involved. Furthermore, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said that the state police department is offering its support to Richmond Police Department.