Trial Begins for Suspect Accused in Deadly Graduation Mass Shooting at Huguenot High School

RICHMOND, Va. – The highly anticipated trial of Amari Pollard, the suspect charged with opening fire at Huguenot High School’s graduation ceremony last year, is set to begin today. The incident, which gained national attention, resulted in two fatalities and numerous injuries. Pollard, who is now 20 years old, stands accused of the first-degree murder of Shawn Jackson, a recent Huguenot graduate. The shooting occurred shortly after the graduation ceremony concluded. The suspect also allegedly shot and killed Jackson’s stepfather, Renzo Smith. Initially facing a charge of second-degree murder for both deaths, the charge was … Read more

Richmond Judge Considers Release of Investigative Report on Huguenot High School Graduation Shooting

Richmond, Virginia- A Richmond judge presided over arguments today in a case that will determine whether the public will have access to the full investigative report on last year’s shooting at Huguenot High School’s graduation. The shooting, which occurred on June 6, 2023, at the Altria Theater, resulted in seven injuries and the deaths of graduate Shawn Jackson and his stepfather, Lorenzo Smith. The school system conducted an internal investigation that led to changes in the district’s policies. However, the school board commissioned an external investigation by a third-party. Richmond Public Schools (RPS) is now … Read more