6-year-old boy shoots teacher in classroom leaving her with life-threatening injuries

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A six-year-old pupil has shot and critically injured his teacher during an altercation inside a classroom in Virginia, USA.

According to police, No students were injured in the shooting at Richneck Elementary School, in the city of Newport News in the US state of Virginia.

The teacher — a woman in her 30s — suffered life-threatening injuries. Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew, according to multiple reports, said that the teacher’s condition had improved “somewhat” by late afternoon.

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Newport News police chief Steve Drew told reporters that her condition had improved somewhat by late afternoon.

Police said the child had a handgun in the classroom and that they took that student into custody.

“We did not have a situation where someone was going around the school shooting,” Mr Drew told reporters.

“We have a situation in one particular location where a gunshot was fired.”

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He added that the shooting was not an accident.

Parents and students were reunited at a gymnasium door, Newport News Public Schools said on Facebook.

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Newport News is a city of about 185,000 people in south-eastern Virginia known for its shipyard, which builds the United States’ aircraft carriers and other US Navy vessels.

Richneck has about 550 students, according to the Virginia Department of Education’s website.

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School officials have already said there will be no classes at the school on Monday.

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