According to Yahoo News, Virginia police responded to an active shooter situation at a Greyhound station in Richmond on Thursday. According to multiple reports, there were two fatalities.
One Virginia State Trooper is deceased, along with the suspect. Sources reveal VSP troopers were conducting training exercises at the bus station when the suspect walked up, and shot the trooper in the chest. The troopers immediately returned fire, killing the suspect. The troopers were at the station for narcotics training.
Apparently, the troopers were just finishing their training exercise before the shooting occurred. According to NBC’s WWBT affiliate, a “mentally disturbed man” walked up to the officers as they were greeting patrons.
Overall, there were reports of six injuries, but the extent of all of the injuries are not yet known. Included in those injuries is an additional trooper, and a female was also injured. A spokeswoman stated their were four people shot, and they were transported to the hospital.. According to Mike Valerio of NBC, a witness near the scene heard two gunshots, then several more gunshots in succession. So far, terrorism is not considered a motive.
Here’s an update from the Virginia State Police-
At approximately 2:45 p.m., a Virginia State Police officer encountered a “male subject” just inside the entranceway, Corrine Geller with the state police said at a press briefing Thursday afternoon. The man shot the trooper at point-blank range, and two state troopers standing nearby returned fire.
The suspect and the trooper were transported to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The suspect was pronounced dead, and officials are working to notify the officer’s next of kin. Two other civilians wounded in the shooting were transported to the same medical center with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.
Police did not release any other information. However, Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement soon after the mass shooting.
“I have spoken with the mayor of Richmond and the superintendent of the Virginia State Police, and offered whatever state resources may be necessary to respond to this situation. Our public safety team and I will continue to support State Police and local authorities in their response and investigation of this incident.”
The FBI is on the scene and witnesses are still being interviewed. Stay tuned for more updates on the Virginia shooting at the Greyhound