Seven people were shot outside a high school graduation ceremony in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple reports.

Cops swarmed the Altria Theater and nearby Monroe Park on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University shortly after 5 p.m. local time, CBS affiliate WTKR-TV reported.

According to local CBS reporter Tyler Layne, Richmond Police confirmed at a news conference that seven people had been shot. Three of those people are in life-threatening conditions, while four are suffering non-life-threatening injuries. Two suspects have since been taken into custody.

VCU police issued an alert around 5:15 p.m. about a shooting near Monroe Park, advising people to seek shelter and remain indoors. About 30 minutes after the initial warning, VCU sent a follow-up alert saying it was safe to “resume normal activity” but told people to continue avoiding Monroe Park.

“There is no immediate threat to the public,” Richmond Police tweeted around 6:30 p.m.

The Altria Theater was hosting graduation ceremonies for Richmond Public Schools students throughout the day Tuesday.

Huguenot High’s graduation was scheduled for 4 p.m., according to the district website. Thomas Jefferson High was scheduled for a ceremony at 7 p.m., but it has since been postponed.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 2023 graduation ceremony scheduled for tonight has been canceled due to an incident that occurred this evening after an earlier graduation,” the district said in a statement.


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