NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hosting a roundtable discussion in Newport News on gun violence. The event is scheduled just a day after two students were sent to the hospital following a shooting at Heritage High School.

The roundtable is set to bring together local law enforcement, community leaders, and gun violence prevention advocates.

Attendees will discuss community-based gun violence prevention programs and how to better support initiatives that are already underway. 

The Virginia General Assembly recently passed a request for additional funding that will allow the implementation of the gun violence prevention programs.

This roundtable comes after two students were shot at Heritage High School in Newport News on Monday, Sept. 20, but both students are expected to recover. A suspect was also taken in custody.

Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew says both victims were 17 years old. A boy was shot in the side of the face and a girl was shot in the lower leg. According to Drew, both of the two victims’ injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The roundtable will be held at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, which is located at 2410 Wickham Avenue. The event is slated for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

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