Two people were killed and five injured Tuesday during a shooting near a high school graduation in the US state of Virginia, police said, the latest in an epidemic of mass shootings plaguing the country.
The shooting took place around 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) outside a theater in the state capital of Richmond, where students from a local high school were celebrating their graduation, Richmond interim police chief Rick Edwards told reporters.
The deceased included an 18-year-old graduate and a 36-year-old man, he added. Of the five injured, one remained in critical condition. “People scattered, it was very chaotic at the scene,” Edwards said.
A nineteen-year-old suspect fled the scene, but was soon arrested and is to be charged with second-degree murder, Edwards said.