(RICHMOND. Va.) — A gunman opened fire on a Virginia State Police trooper at close range Thursday at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond, killing him and sparking a round of gunfire that left two other people wounded, law enforcement officials said.
The unidentified trooper was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.
The suspect was shot by police and later died as well.
Police initially responded at 2:45 p.m. to shots fired at the bus station. About that time, an unidentified man pulled out a weapon on a state trooper, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. Other troopers returned fire on the suspect, who was rushed to the hospital and later died.
“The trooper is suffering from life-threatening injuries and is being treated in the hospital,” Geller said.
Police initially said that two troopers were wounded, but later corrected that statement.
“As you can imagine, the chaos of the moment… it was determined only one state trooper was injured,” Geller said. She would not comment on the apparent motive.
Two civilians were also struck by gunfire during the incident and taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Their identities were unknown.
A member of the Binghamton University suffered a non-life threatening injury during the incident, the school said in a release. She was en route to the College of William & Mary University for a track meet. It was unclear if she was shot.
“At this time the investigation remains ongoing,” said Geller. “We will of course follow-up as information becomes available.”
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he is monitoring the situation and is prepared to offer Richmond, “whatever state resources may be necessary to respond to this situation.”
Members from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI assisted on the scene, according to officials.
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