Mar 31, 2016 5:03 PM by News Staff
A state trooper was severely injured and a gunman are dead after an "active shooter" situation at a Greyhound bus in Richmond, Virginia, Thursday afternoon, federal and local officials said.
Another state trooper and a civilian woman were also injured during the shooting, which took place around 2:45 pm Thursday afternoon at the Greyhound bus station, Virginia State Police said. The exact nature and extent of the injuries was unclear.
Earlier police had said a suspect was taken into custody and the three victims were all taken to a local hospital.
Officials said the shooting happened near the end of a counter-drug training mission for state police. Part of the training involves approaching civilians and talking to them.
When a state trooper walked up to one man at the bus station, the man pulled a gun and shot the officer at close range, officials said. The officer has since died and the gunman is also dead.
VCU Medical Center in Richmond said multiple patients from the shooting were brought to the center and declined to provide additional information at this time.
Witness Brendan Hamilton said that he first heard two loud gunshots as he was about to enter the bus station.
Then "there were five, maybe 10 more after that," Hamilton said of the gunfire.
He saw people running from the station and left "as fast as I could."
Richmond Police spokesman Koury Wilson said the shooting took place at the bus station and that police were still investigating.
"Our Richmond, Va. station is closed until further notice and we are actively working with the authorities," Greyhound said in a statement.
Richmond City Councilwoman Reva Trammell said "I would never believe this."
"This is one of the saddest days that I've seen in the city of Richmond," she said.