Newport News: A six-year-old student shot and wounded a teacher in Virginia during an altercation inside a first-grade classroom, police and school officials in the city of Newport News said.

No students were injured in the shooting on Friday at Richneck Elementary School, police said. The teacher – a woman in her 30s – suffered life-threatening injuries. Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew told reporters her condition had improved somewhat by late afternoon. Police said the child had a handgun in the classroom and that they took that student into custody. “We did not have a situation where someone was going around the school shooting,” Drew told reporters. “We have a situation in one particular location where a gunshot was fired.” The shooting was not an accident, he said. Investigators were trying to figure out where the child obtained the gun. The police chief did not specifically address questions about whether authorities were in touch with the boy’s parents but said members of the police department were handling that investigation. “We have been in contact with our commonwealth’s attorney [local prosecutor] and some other entities to help us best get services to this young man,” Drew said. The police chief did not provide further details about the shooting, the altercation or what happened inside the school. Newport News is a city of about 185,000 people in southeastern Virginia known for its shipyard, which builds the nation’s aircraft carriers and other US Navy vessels.
Richneck has about 550 students who are in kindergarten through to fifth grade (10-11 years old), according to the Virginia Department of Education’s website. (Agencies)

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