Gunfire erupted outside a high school graduation ceremony in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday evening, leaving seven people injured. According to witnesses at the scene, the shooting occurred shortly after the ceremony had ended and attendees were beginning to exit the graduation venue.
In a statement to the press, police confirmed that they had received multiple reports of shots fired outside the venue and had responded quickly to the scene. Once there, officers found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds and immediately began administering first aid.
Emergency medical services were called to the scene and took the gunshot victims to local hospitals for treatment. At this time, all victims are in stable condition, but two of the injured had to undergo surgery.
The richmond police have set up a perimeter around the area and are actively searching for possible suspects and any witness who could help them with the case. They are urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.
This tragic incident comes less than a week after a similar shooting at a high school graduation ceremony in Monroe Park left 2 dead and 5 injured. In that incident, police were able to apprehend the suspect quickly and are currently seeking to determine their motive.
The latest shooting has left the residents of Richmond shocked and deeply saddened. Many are questioning what can be done to end the scourge of gun violence that is plaguing their community, and are urging lawmakers to take action to curb gun sales and improve public safety.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time, and we hope that those responsible for this despicable act are brought to justice swiftly.