The latest in a string of mass shootings that have plagued the nation left two people dead and five others injured on Tuesday in the US state of Virginia, according to police.
According to interim Richmond police chief Rick Edwards, the shooting happened at around 5 o’clock (2100 GMT) outside a theater in the state capital of Richmond, where graduates from a nearby high school were celebrating.
He stated that the dead included a graduate who was 18 years old and a man who was 36.
One of the five hurt people is still in critical condition.
People dispersed, and the scene was highly chaotic, according to Edwards.
A 19-year-old suspect was apprehended after fleeing the scene and will face charges of second-degree murder, according to Edwards.
The official claimed the suspect knew at least one of the victims but did not specify a potential reason for the act.
A number of handguns were found at the location.
The United States has the highest rate of gun deaths of any developed nation, with more firearms than residents — 49,000 in 2021, up from 45,000 the year before.