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'Multiple injuries' reported in shooting at Virginia high school as students are seen fleeing

Two students were shot as Virginia police responded to reports of a 'major incident' at a high school on Monday at around noon. The shooter is at large.

FBI and local law enforcement officials 'surgically' combed the building in search of a suspect, but the Newport News Police Department released a statement saying that the suspect 'is no longer in the school.'

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the side of his face while a 17-year-old girl suffered a gunshot wound to her lower leg after the incident on Monday before noon at Heritage High School in Newport News.

The chief of police told reporters he believes the shooter knew the victims and that the incident was precipitated by an earlier altercation.  

Police officers responded to Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia on Monday after reports of an active shooter

Students were evacuated from the school and directed to go to outdoor tennis courts on the campus grounds

Yellow tape put up by police is seen on the campus grounds in Newport News on Monday

A heavy police presence was seen at the school in Newport News, Virginia on Monday

The undated file photo above shows the tennis courts on the grounds of the Heritage High School campus

'We do believe that they knew each other … I don't believe that this is an individual that is searching the community to hurt members,' Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said on Monday. 

Police said that the two students who were shot were rushed to hospital with injuries that are non-life-threatening. 

Investigators said that they did not believe there was a danger to the community as the shooter is believed to have known the shooting victims.

Two other students were transported to hospital for non-serious injuries sustained during the evacuation of the building. One of the students fell while evacuating the building while another student was treated for asthma.  

Students were being evacuated from the school as witnesses said there was a massive police presence in the area.

Reports indicate that students were being directed to go to the campus' outdoor tennis courts while officers storm the building, according to WAVY-TV.

Parents have been told to meet their children at the tennis court. A nearby school, the Achievable Dream Academy, has also been placed on lockdown.

A school shooting has been reported at Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia on Monday (seen in the above file photo)

The student body at Heritage numbers 1,200 students. The building is also home to a middle school attended by some 120 students.

The chief of police said that evidence has been uncovered on the school grounds, but he would not go into detail.

The student body at Heritage numbers 1,200 students. The building is also home to a middle school attended by some 120 students.

Drew said that rumors that there were other active shooters at nearby schools were false. 

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