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6-year-old Student in Custody After Shooting Teacher at Richneck Elementary School: Police Chief
Officials report that a 6-year-old male pupil is in custody and a female teacher in her 30s is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a shooting in the classroom at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on Friday afternoon.
During a press conference at 5:30 p.m., police chief Steve Drew confirmed that a 6-year-old first-grade pupil had been identified as the shooting suspect. The shooting, according to the chief, was not an accident. According to authorities, no pupils were hurt in the incident, which occurred at about 2 p.m., although tactical teams were rushed into the building.
Police say a teacher was shot outside Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on Friday, Jan. 6. The teacher was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, according to police. “The police did an outstanding job; they arrived soon, as did the sheriff’s office. We are making certain that everyone is secure and that everyone is present “Newport News Mayor Phillip Jones stated.
“Newport News has had a long day. We’ll make certain that everyone is taken care of.” Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew spoke with us as well and said: “All of the students in the school have been led from their classrooms by their teachers to the gymnasium.
They are all safe inside. They are in there with the counselors and officers. [They’re] chopping up a little… It’s great to watch kids having fun. We want to make sure they’re all right.” Richneck Elementary School in Newport News was the location of the shooting.
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One mother on the scene approached us and demanded that the government do something about the violence in our country. “Okay, it is the most serious issue in this country. Why is it that crime statistics in the United Kingdom are zero for guns? Why is a 7-year-old holding a bloodied gun? Come on, consider it…do let’s something.
We have a new governor; let’s do something…alter let’s it; you have a lovely country and beautiful people; what’s the problem? Guns. What gives a 7-year-old a gun? That is what irritates me. I’m only in this nation because my husband is in the military; otherwise, I would not have chosen it “The mother stated.
“In reaction to the incident at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, my administration has offered aid and stands ready to assist in any way we can. I am still monitoring the situation and praying for the safety of the students and the community.”
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia issued the following statement in response to the shooting: “I’m keeping a careful eye on this issue and praying for the safety of Richneck Elementary School’s pupils, teachers, staff, and first responders.”
Richneck Elementary School will not be open on Monday. Newport News, Virginia, is a city of roughly 185,000 inhabitants in southern Virginia noted for its shipyard, which produces aircraft carriers and other US Navy vessels. According to the Virginia Department of Education’s website, Richneck has approximately 550 pupils in kindergarten through fifth grade.
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