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A SIX-year-old boy shot a teacher at a school in Virginia on Friday and authorities say the shooting was no accident.
The teacher is in critical condition after the student shot her inside a first-grade classroom around 2 p.m. in the city of Newport News, police say.
Police rushed to Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, following reports of a shooting on campus.
Newport News police confirmed a teacher was injured in the shooting.
The victim, a woman, was taken to hospital and is in critical condition.
Footage from Richneck Elementary School showed police vehicles speeding through traffic as they rushed toward the school.
Newport News police said a female teacher in her 30s was shot and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police later revealed that the teacher was listed in critical condition, but had improved somewhat by late afternoon.
Police Chief Steve Drew said the boy was in custody, though it was unclear what charges the 6-year-old might face.
Drew said the shots were fired in one location, the first grade classroom.
All the kids were rushed to the gym after the shooting, and Drew confirmed they were all safe.
Richneck Elementary was placed on lockdown, but an active shooter alert was cancelled.
“We didn’t have a situation where someone was around the school shooting,” the chief told reporters.
No students were injured in the shooting.
Approximately 550 students in kindergarten through fifth grade attend the school, according to the Virginia Department of Education website.
The police immediately began the process of reuniting the parents with the students.
“The number one priority for me is getting our victim in the hospital under control and getting all of these students back to their families,” Chief Drew said.
There will be no classes at school on Monday.
Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor and president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, gave insight into the boy’s possible future as the investigation continues.
“The six-year-old boy will not be prosecuted for this shooting and I doubt the boy will be detained for any significant period of time,” Rahmani exclusively told The U.S. Sun.
“Virginia law means that a six-year-old cannot be held criminally liable and cannot even be held liable in civil court for negligence,” he said.
He added that police will likely investigate how the boy got access to the gun and was able to bring it to school.
Parents will be the first people authorities look at, the former prosecutor said.
“Virginia makes it a misdemeanor to allow a child access to a firearm. But it’s only a misdemeanor, so even if that results in a conviction from the parents or anyone else, the consequences would be minimal,” he said.
“And that is more or less the scope of the consequences that any adult could face for this shooting.”