Police detains six-year-old for shooting teacher in US

A six-year-old boy from Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, was detained by police after shooting his teacher.

According to police, the teacher, a woman in her 30s, is in a hospital battling life-threatening gun wounds after the tragic incident occurred around 2 p.m. on Friday.

The Evening Standard reported that the boy and his teacher got into an argument, and the former pulled out a handgun and fired at the latter in class.

It was not clear how many shots were fired, the exact point the bullet(s) hit and the cause of the argument.

The police tactical teams were sent into the building after the incident and found other children trembling in their classrooms. None of them suffered any injury and they were taken to the gymnasium.

“This was not an accidental shooting,” police chief Steve Drew said. “I want to know where that firearm came from.”

He added, “We did not have a situation where someone was going around the school shooting.”

The mayor of Newport News, Newport News, Philip Jones said, “Right now it’s still raw, but what I will tell you is there’s going to be a full after-action [report], not only internally from the city council with the school board and others, but we are going to ensure that we have the right steps and policies so that this doesn’t happen again.”


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