A shooting at an elementary school in Newport News, Virginia, led to a teacher suffering critical injuries and the arrest of a 6-year-old boy. Police reported that a 6-year-old student shot a teacher during a dispute on Friday at Richneck Elementary School.
Police Chief Steve Drew said that the incident “was not an accidental shooting” and reported that the 30-year-old female teacher was rushed to the hospital with a life-threatening gunshot injury.
CBS News, citing reports from the Riverside Regional Medical Center, stated that her condition was stable on Saturday. Chief Drew also reported that the teacher’s condition improved upon visiting her and her family.
The chief informed the reporters at a press conference that no one else was harmed during the incident, which was isolated to one classroom and did not involve any other parties.
According to Schools Superintendent George Parker III, the shooting occurred in a first-grade classroom.
“We have been in contact with our commonwealth attorney and some other entities to help us best get services to this young man,” Chief Drew stated.
There are currently questions about how the student came into possession of the handgun. Chief Drew, who is also unaware of where the gun came from, refrained from disclosing additional details due to the “nature of the investigation.”
CBS News reported that Mayor Phillip Jones responded to the incident by saying that it hurt his heart. Superintendent Parker stated that the community still had a lot of work to do to ensure that such incidents never happened again.
According to Parker, the school, which will be closed on Monday, uses metal detectors randomly throughout the institution.
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