(CMR) A 6-year-old boy is in police custody after he deliberately shot a female teacher at Richneck Elementary School in Virginia, United States, Friday afternoon.
“The individual is a 6-year-old student. He is right now in police custody. We have been in contact with our commonwealth attorney and some other entities to help us best get services to this young man,” Police Chief Steve Drew said in a news conference.
Drew said the teacher was shot inside a classroom and added that “this was not an accidental shooting.”
There was reportedly an altercation between the teacher and the student, who had the firearm, and that a single round was fired.
The teacher was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries but had shown signs of improvement.
“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. We need to educate our children and we need to keep them safe,” Parker said in Friday’s news conference.
“We need the community’s support, continued support, to make sure that guns are not available to youth and I’m sounding like a broken record today, because I continue to reiterate that: that we need to keep the guns out of the hands of our young people,” he added.