2 dead, 5 injured in shooting in Monroe Park after graduation, suspect in custody

Police confirmed the two who died are a Huguenot High School graduate and his father.
Published: Jun. 6, 2023 at 5:44 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2023 at 7:12 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A Huguenot High School graduate and their father were killed, and five others were injured in a shooting outside Altria Theater after a graduation ceremony.

Richmond police said in a press conference around 5:15 p.m., officers were inside Altria Theater running security when they reported hearing gunshots outside. Officers on traffic detail found “multiple victims.”

Acting Police Chief Rick Edwards says a total of seven people were shot. A family spokesperson confirmed An 18-year-old Shawn Jackson and his 36-year-old father, Renzo Smith, died as a result of their injuries. A 31-year-old is suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Edwards also confirmed four other males, ages 14, 42, 55 and 58, were injured but are expected to be okay.

Six other people sustained injuries unrelated to the gunfire, three reported needing to be transported to the hospital for anxiety, two were injured from falls and a 9-year-old was hit by a car as they were running away from the area. That child is also expected to be okay.

Police have a 19-year-old man in custody that they believe was involved in the shooting. He is expected to be charged with two counts of second-degree murder with more potential charges. Commonwealth’s Attorney Collette McEachin confirmed with NBC12 the suspect is set to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Police also think the suspect knew at least one of the victims.

Richmond Public Schools confirmed the shooting happened outside the theater after Huguenot High School’s graduation ceremony and occurred in Monroe Park adjacent to the theater. The district says they have canceled all high school graduation ceremonies this week. RPS says it will share further updates soon about rescheduling commencement ceremonies.

All RPS schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, June 7, out of “an abundance of caution,” according to a message sent to families.