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Two Shot at Virginia High School

June 15, 1998

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A teacher and a second school employee were shot and wounded today in a high school hallway. Two suspects were taken into custody.

The male teacher and a female school employee were wounded around 10 a.m. as students took final exams at Armstrong High School on Richmond’s east end, police said. Neither injury was life-threatening. The man was shot in the abdomen, and the woman suffered only a graze wound, authorities said.

``Everybody started screaming and running,″ said student Juan Bodrick, 16.

Alicia Rasin, special assistant to Mayor Larry Chavis, identified the wounded man as history teacher and basketball coach Gregory Carter.

Police did not have a motive for the shooting, and it was unclear whether the suspects, both males, were students.

Ninth-grader Floyd Peace, 15, said he was taking an exam in a classroom on the second floor, where the shooting happened, when he ``heard shooting and screaming.″ He said he heard 10 shots.

``I’m stunned, shocked. I’ve heard it happened other places, but I never thought something like this would happen in Virginia,″ he said.

``There’s a pretty hectic scene up here. ... Just everybody running around,″ said police Sgt. Jerry Baskette, one of the first officers on the scene.

``We have taken two into custody and are sorting it all out. We haven’t gotten a lot of information.″

School officials recessed class for the day.

It was the latest in a spate of school shootings since October, including fatal shootings in West Paducah, Ky.; Pearl, Miss.; Jonesboro, Ark.; and Springfield, Ore.

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