A six year-old boy has been taken into custody after he allegedly deliberately shot his first-grade teacher at his Virginia elementary school, leaving her critically-ill.
Newport News Police have taken a student, who has not been publicly identified, into custody. The female teacher, who is in her 30s, has also not been identified and was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center.
‘The individual is a six-year-old student and is right now in police custody,’ Newport News Chief Scott Drew said at a press conference on Friday. ‘This was not an accidental shooting.
‘It was in a classroom, an altercation took place there,’ police said.
The incident unfolded at Richneck Elementary School, a school for kids aged five to nine, just before 2pm. No children were harmed.
A grandmother of one of the students told DailyMail.com that a student brought ‘shiny gold bullets’ to school last week, but it is unclear if it is the same child who was taken into custody today.
A crowd of parents waited outside Richneck Elementary School after the 2pm shooting where a six-year-old allegedly shot his teacher on purpose after an ‘altercation’
The shooting occurred in the classroom and was an isolated incident. Officers are still trying to determine how to managed to get the weapon.
The shooting occurred in the classroom and was an isolated incident.
Officers are still trying to determine how he managed to get the weapon.
Heather Calderon, a grandmother to one of the students at the school, said the child had allegedly ‘brought bullets to school last week and said he would bring his gun.’
‘A parent told the school they did nothing, now look,’ Calderon wrote. Police have not confirmed whether or not the student had bought in bullets last week.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, she said: ‘The parents outside stated that their child told them a kid brought golden shiny bullets to school and was thinking about being his gun. The student told the parent, who informed the school. And the school just yesterday got back to the parent saying the parent of the kid said it was a nerf bullet and the parent said nerf bullets aren’t shiny and gold.’
Calderon was not positive if the child who brought the bullets is the same child allegedly involved in the shooting today.
The scene at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on Friday after a reported shooting. At least one staff member has been injured
Police say the incident is no longer an active situation, but they have not released any further details.
A reunification site is being set up for parents to wait for their children once they are evacuated.
A six-year-old student told the Daily Press the shooter was a classmate.
Drew told the Daily Press: ‘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.’
The six-year-old girl who witnessed the shooting said her classmate shot the female teacher ‘on purpose’ and the educator fell to her knees.
A parent of a fourth-grade student said she received a text from the school that the shooting happened and that the suspect was in custody.
‘My heart stopped. I was freaking out, very nervous. Just wondering if that one person was my son,’ Joselin Glover, who son is Carlos Glover, told the Daily Press.
Despite her worry, she said the school handled the situation well.
Mayor Phillip Jones agreed, saying: ‘The police did an amazing job, they were here very, very quickly along with the Sheriff’s Office. We are ensuring that everyone is safe, we are ensuring that everyone is accounted for.’
The Uvalde Foundation For Kids also commented on the devastating incident, saying in a statement: ‘Today’s incident highlights, yet again, the need to prioritize in this nation, the protection of our schools, our students and the communities who care for them.
‘Yet again, in another school in this nation; students are facing fear – instead of joy; lessons in violence – instead of peace. UNTIL those lessons change, our work continues.”
Chief Scott Drew said the teacher is in critical condition
Carlos Glover, nine, (pictured) was seen leaving the school with his mother Joselin after the shooting. A student has been taken into custody, but police have not released the student’s name