6-Year-Old Boy Opened Fire Shoots Teacher In US School Police said that the victim was a teacher in her 30s and her injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
In Washington a six-year-old boy opened fire in an elementary school in class in the eastern US state of Virginia on Friday, seriously injuring a teacher, police said.
No students were hurt in the incident at Richneck Elementary School.
“The individual is a six-year-old student. He is right now in police custody,” local police chief Steve Drew told a news conference, adding that “this was not an accidental shooting.”
Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew told reporters that her condition had improved somewhat by late afternoon. No students were injured in the shooting at Richneck Elementary School, police said. The teacher — a woman in her 30s — suffered life-threatening injuries.
Police said the child had a handgun in the classroom and that they took that student into custody. “We did not have a situation where someone was going around the school shooting,” Drew told reporters. “We have a situation in one particular location where a gunshot was fired.”
We’ll get the investigation done, there’s questions we’ll want to ask and find out about. I want to know where that firearm came from, what was the situation,” Drew added. Richneck Elementary School will be closed Monday, according to Newport News Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. George Parker.
“I’m in shock, and I’m disheartened,” Parker said in Friday’s news conference. “We need to educate our children and we need to keep them safe.”
He added that the shooting was not an accident.
Parents and students were reunited at a gymnasium door, Newport News Public Schools said on Facebook. Newport News is a city of about 185,000 people in southeastern Virginia known for its shipyard, which builds the nation’s aircraft carriers and other U.S. Navy vessels. Richneck has about 550 students who are in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the Virginia Department of Education’s website. School officials have already said that there will be no classes at the school on Monday.