Boy Aged Six Shoots a Teacher in US Classroom

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.

According to Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew, the shooting occurred shortly after 14:00 local time (19:00 GMT) at Richneck Elementary School.

Mr. Drew stated that the incident was not “an accidental shooting.” It is unclear how the child obtained the gun.

Officials stated that while the school had metal detection equipment, students were checked at random and not every child was inspected.

Police declined to name the weapon used in the incident, but said the boy had used a handgun.

Further, the police chief did not provide further details about the shooting, the altercation, or what happened inside the school.