6-year-old boy shoots teacher at US school, police say ‘wasn’t an accident’


The six-year-old student is now in police custody. (representative)


A six-year-old boy opened fire in an elementary school classroom in the eastern US state of Virginia on Friday, seriously injuring a teacher, police said.

No students were injured in the incident at Richneck Elementary School.

“The individual is a six-year-old college student. He is currently in police custody,” local police chief Steve Drew told a news conference, adding that “this was not an accidental shooting.”

Police said the victim was a teacher in her 30s and her injuries were life-threatening.

“I’m in shock and I’m discouraged,” said the city’s superintendent of schools, George Parker.

“We need community support to ensure that guns are not available to young people.”

School shootings are ravaging the United States, with recent tragedies including the murder last May of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, by an 18-year-old gunman.

According to the Gun Violence Archive database, there were an estimated 44,000 gun deaths in the United States last year, about half of which were homicides, accidents, and self-defense, and half suicides.

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