Police say a 6-year-old shot a teacher in a classroom at a Virginia elementary school: reports

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  • A first-grade student shot a staff member at a Virginia elementary school on Friday, police said.

  • No students were injured, according to the Newport News Police Department.

  • Police told reporters the shooting at Richneck Elementary School "was not accidental."

A 6-year-old student shot a staff member at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, on Friday, police said, according to news reports.

A female staff member was injured and is being treated at a nearby hospital, Police Chief Steve Drew told reporters on Friday evening. No students were harmed in the incident and the suspected shooter was in custody.

"The altercation was between a 6-year-old, the student who did have the firearm, and the teacher, and then the round was fired," Drew said late Friday, according to USA Today. "This was not an accidental shooting."

"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," Drew said in a press conference.

Michelle Price, a spokeswoman with Newport News Public Schools, confirmed to 13 News Now that a staff member was hurt just before 2 p.m.

A representative for the school district declined to comment.

A public information officer for the Newport News Police Department did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.

"Newport News police are on scene of a shooting at Richneck Elementary School," the department wrote in a statement posted online. "No students were injured in this incident. An adult was taken to a local hospital. The extent of the adult's injuries is unknown at this time. There is no longer an active shooter. We're beginning the process to reunite parents with students. More information will be released when it is available."

The incident comes a little over a year since the school district experienced a shooting.

On September 20, 2021, a 15-year-old gunman shot two students at Heritage High School, according to The Daily Press. The school is run by Newport News Public Schools and is about 20 miles away from Richneck Elementary School.

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