Accused Heritage High shooter fought victim, wore tracking bracelet, court documents say
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A Heritage High School student accused of shooting two teenagers while on campus allegedly opened fire in a hallway after physically fighting one of his victims, according to court records.
Police said the 15-year-old boy shot and injured two 17-year-old students at Heritage High on Monday. The 15-year-old is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious injuries and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, as well as possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a firearm on school property, discharge of a firearm on school property, discharge of a firearm in an occupied building, reckless handling of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.
10 On Your Side investigators obtained copies of the search warrants filed by the Newport News Police Department. These documents detail the events leading up to the shooting at Heritage High School and name the accused shooter. 10 On Your Side investigators have decided not to name the 15-year-old boy at this time because he is not currently charged as an adult.
The shooting took place in a hallway just after a lunch break. Surveillance video showed the 15-year-old was carrying a backpack as he left the cafeteria and walked down a hallway. He pulled the backpack to the front of his body, zipped it open and put his hand in it before stepping out of the camera, court records show.
Another camera picked up the 15-year-old boy as he walked down a hallway with a large group. A brief scuffle broke out between the accused shooter and a 17-year-old student. The fight only lasted seconds before a teacher interrupted him, but the 15-year-old was caught on camera dropping his backpack on the ground, pulling a pistol from his belt and pulling it off. point to the 17 year old boy. , and shoot repeatedly, according to court records.
The 17-year-old boy was shot in the head and leg. His fingers were also seriously injured, and doctors told police the cause was probably gunshots. A 17-year-old girl coming out of the cafeteria was also shot dead as she walked down the hall. She told police she heard gunshots, but saw nothing. Both teens are expected to recover from their injuries, court records show.
The 15-year-old fled from the scene of the shooting without his backpack. He ran to the gymnasium, then left the school through a back door. School security guards found a gun inside a trash can just outside the door where they believe he left the campus, according to court records.
Police identified the suspected shooter in several ways, including from documents in the backpack he left at the scene. They also determined that the 15-year-old was part of an electronic monitoring program through Newport News Juvenile Services. Video showed the 15-year-old was wearing an electronic surveillance bracelet at the time of the shooting, and the GPS attached to it showed he was at Heritage High School at the time of the crime. One of her teachers also said the 15-year-old left her class for lunch but did not return, court records show.
The parents of the 15-year-old boy also received an anonymous phone call indicating that their son had committed the shooting. His family took him to the city’s miners’ service on Monday afternoon. He was questioned at the police headquarters before being charged.