Police are responding to a school shooting that has been described as a "mass casualty event" at Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia.
Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew gave a press conference shortly after 1:30 p.m. with a live feed on the department's Facebook page.
The suspect is not currently in custody.
The chief said that a 17-year-old male was shot in the face and a 17-year-old female was shot in the leg. Both are expected to survive. He said others were also taken to the hospital, but were not shot.
WPXI reporter Gordon Loesch had tweeted that police were referring to the incident as a "mass casualty event," but that does not appear to be the case at this time.
"The most recent update came in at 1 p.m. and police said the two victims' injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Rumors that there were active shooters at other schools are false, police said," according to a report from WAVY.
Students were seen running from the building and are being evacuated to the tennis courts where parents can go pick them up. It is unclear if there are still students inside.
BREAKING: School shooting reported in Newport News. Police calling this is a "mass casualty event". https://t.co/DbNKhvXPh3— Gordon Loesch (@WPXIGordon) September 20, 2021