6-year-old boy shoots teacher at Virginia school

"This was not an accidental shooting."

Published: January 6, 2023 7:11pm

Updated: January 6, 2023 7:29pm

A Newport News, Va., teacher has sustained life-threatening injuries after a six-year-old male student brought a handgun to school and deliberately fired at the victim.

The shooting occurred at Richneck Elementary School in a first-grade classroom.

"The altercation was between a 6-year-old, the student, who did have the firearm, and the teacher, and then a round was fired," said Newport News police chief Steve Drew, per NBC. "This was not an accidental shooting."

The suspect is in custody but authorities will not identify him due to his age.

The female teacher has been hospitalized. Drew said "[h]er injuries are still considered life-threatening, but there was some improvement in the last update that we got."

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