NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A 6-year-old student shot and injured a Virginia teacher during an altercation in a first-grade classroom on Friday, police and school officials in the city of Newport News said.
No students were injured in the shooting at Richneck Elementary School, police said. The teacher – a woman in her 30s – suffered life-threatening injuries. Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew told reporters that her condition had improved somewhat by late afternoon.
Police said the child had a gun in the classroom and they took that student into custody.
“We haven’t had a situation where anyone evaded the school shooting,” Drew told reporters. “We have a situation at a certain location where a shot was fired.”
He added that the shooting was not an accident.
Parents and students were reunited at a gym door, the Newport News Public Schools announced on Facebook.
Newport News is a city of about 185,000 in southeast Virginia known for its shipyard, which builds the country’s aircraft carriers and other US Navy ships.
According to the Virginia Department of Education website, Richneck has about 550 students who are in kindergarten through fifth grade. School officials have already said there will be no classes at the school on Monday.
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