Six-year-old boy held after shooting teacher in US state of Virginia

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A six-year-old boy opened fire in an elementary school classroom in the eastern state of Virginia in the United States on Friday, seriously injuring a teacher, police said. No students were hurt in the incident at Richneck Elementary School in the coastal city of Newport News.

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

Police said that the victim was a teacher in her 30s and her injuries were believed to be life-threatening. “I’m in shock, and I’m disheartened,” said the city’s superintendent of schools, George Parker.—AFP