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A 6-year-old boy shot a teacher in Newport News, Virginia, police said

A 6-year-old boy shot a teacher in Newport News, Virginia, police said

A 6-year-old boy shot a teacher in Newport News, Virginia, police said



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A 6-year-old boy is in police custody after shooting a teacher at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, Friday afternoon, Police Chief Steve Drew said at a news conference..

“The individual is a 6-year-old student. He is currently in police custody,” Drew said. “We’ve been in contact with our community advocate and some other organizations to help better serve this young man.”

Drew, a female teacher in her 30s, said she was shot inside the classroom, adding that “this was not a random shooting.”

The police chief said there was an altercation between a teacher and a student who had a firearm. one round was fired.

Drew, who previously said the teacher was in critical condition, said Friday evening that her injuries were life-threatening, but said “there is some improvement in the latest update.”

No other students participated, the head said.

The investigation is ongoing, he added.

“We will complete the investigation, there are questions we want to ask and find out. I want to know where that firearm came from, what the situation is,” Drew added.

Richneck Elementary School will be closed Monday, according to Newport News Public Schools Superintendent Dr. George Parker.

“I’m shocked and disappointed,” Parker said at a news conference Friday. “We need to educate our children and keep them safe.”

“We need community support, continued support, to make sure that guns are not available to young people, and I feel like a broken record today because I’m going to say it again: We need to keep guns out of people’s hands. our youth,” said the leader.

Parker officials are also looking into any past incidents leading up to the shooting.

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