The young boy has been identified as the suspect in a shooting allegedly done “on purpose”
Students and police gather outside of Richneck Elementary School after a shooting on January 6, 2023 in Newport News, Virginia © Billy Schuerman / The Virginian-Pilot via AP
A 6-year-old boy in Newport News, Virginia has reportedly shot and injured his elementary school teacher, putting her in the hospital with life-threatening injuries in an attack that police say was not an accident.
The shooting occurred on Friday afternoon at Richneck Elementary School. Newport News police chief Steve Drew confirmed to reporters that the suspect was a 6-year-old boy. No one other than the boy’s teacher was injured, but police tactical teams entered the building in case the shooter still posed a threat.
The boy was involved in “an altercation” with his teacher before shooting her with a handgun, Drew said. He’s in police custody. The teacher was identified only as a woman in her 30s.
“We believe that once we walked in and had the information we had coming in (the school), we had the individual in custody,” Drew told reporters at a briefing outside the school. “We did not have a situation where someone was going around the school shooting. We had a situation in one particular location where a gunshot was fired.”
Police offered no further explanation about the altercation, nor did they say how the boy was able to obtain a handgun and bring it to school.