RICHMOND, Va. A Virginia state trooper and a suspected gunman died in a shooting at a Richmond bus station on Thursday, officials and local media reported.
Six people including the trooper and gunman were injured in the attack, which took place at around 2:45 p.m. ET as state police were conducting a training exercise at the bus station, near a baseball stadium, local media reported.
Reva Trammell, chairwoman of the Richmond City Council’s Public Safety Committee, told WTVR CBS 6 that a state trooper had died in the incident.
"This is one of the saddest days I’ve ever seen in Richmond, Virginia," Trammell said.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said earlier she did not know the nature or severity of the injuries to the two troopers or to a wounded civilian female.
A spokesman for VCU Medical Center in Richmond said the hospital was expecting patients from the shooting, but declined to release further information.
NBC 12 reported on its website and television images showing the area around the bus station cordoned off with large numbers of police presence.
Michael Bickett, who said he works directly across the street from the loading area from the buses said in a direct Twitter message. "A co-worker was eating lunch in his car when he saw Greyhound Workers and customers rushing out the side door. He figured that was a good time to get back inside."
(Additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and Melissa Fares in New York; Writing by Scott Malone and Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham, Diane Craft)
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