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Heritage High School suspect was wearing tracking bracelet after separate shooting last year

Newport News police said surveillance footage showed the fight and that the suspect was wearing an electronic tracking bracelet at the time of the shooting.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The details of a high school shooting that left two students injured began to take shape Wednesday with the release of court documents.

A 15-year-old student is accused of opening fire inside Heritage High School on Monday morning.

Friday, an anonymous law enforcement official confirmed that the suspect was charged with shooting another teen last year, when he was 14. He's facing malicious wounding charges in juvenile court, and that's why he was wearing a tracking bracelet.

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Newport News detectives said security video from Monday shows the 15-year-old walking in a group with one of the victims when a fight started between them.

Investigators said a teacher quickly broke up the fight, and that's when the suspect pulled out a gun and started shooting. Then he ran away, throwing his gun into a trash can in the process.

A teenage boy was "shot multiple times" and a girl was shot in the lower leg. Police have said both victims are expected to be OK. Two other people were also hurt in the ensuing chaos and evacuation of the building.

Join me to discuss new details in the arrest of the Heritage High School gunman. Plus, how local police and schools are responding to various threats made this week.

Posted by Dan Kennedy on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Court documents also state the suspect was wearing an electric tracking bracelet the day of the shooting, and that in addition to the security footage, the tracking bracelet pinpointed his location at the school.

Officers arrested the 15-year-old later that afternoon and charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and other weapons-related charges.

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