Police in Virginia, United States, have arrested a 6-year-old kid they believe shot a teacher.
Chief Steve Drew said the incident occurred at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News. Shortly after 14:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
Mr. Drew states that this was not “an accidental shot”. But, Albeit it is not known how the toddler obtained the rifle.
Unnamed teacher in her 30s was gravely injured.
She was transferred to a nearby hospital, where physicians are currently keeping a watchful eye on her condition. The event occurred after the two got into an argument in a classroom full of first graders (ages 6-7).
Mr. Drew, however, highlighted that this shooting was an isolated event. And that police “did not have a situation where someone was running around the campus firing.”
While the 550-student school does have metal detectors. But officials have stated that only a random sample of children are screened.
While the police did say the teen involved had used a firearm. But they did not specify which type.
According to head of school
Dr. George Parker, the head of the school district, has promised that investigators will “be looking at any instance that may have transpired that may have caused this occurrence.”
Dr. Parker chimed in, “This is dreadful, something like this should never happen.” So we need to make sure this never occurs again.
He announced that classes would be canceled for Monday and promised counseling services for pupils and their families.
The incident was described as “a tragic day for Newport News” by Mayor Phillip Jones. Who has only been in office for three days.
He assured the press, “We are going to learn from this and come back stronger.”
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said he had offered his cooperation to local officials and that his state was “ready to help in any manner we can.”
According to his Twitter, he is “continuing to watch the situation and praying for the continued safety of all students and the community.”
About 70 miles (112 km) to the south of the state capital Richmond is the city of Newport News and home to roughly 180,000 people.