Primary school on lockdown after student opens fire wounding staff member
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A school is on lockdown after a gunman opened fire, wounding a staff member.
Police confirmed that one person had been shot at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, after an unidentified assailant began shooting at students and teachers at the school today (Friday, January 6).
Reports from the scene claim that the gunman was a student at the school, but these have not been confirmed by police.
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Journalist Michelle Wolf took to Twitter, writing: "Sources close to NNPS tell me a student shot a teacher at Richneck Elementary."
No students were injured in the incident, police confirmed, and the shooter is no longer active at the scene.
Officials are now beginning the process of reuniting parents with their children and have set up a reunification space near to the school.
A spokesperson for the Newport North Police Department said: "Newport News police are on scene of a shooting at Richneck Elementary School.
"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 staff member, a teacher at the school for children ages five to nine, was reportedly shot in the abdomen, according to online reports.
They are now being treated in hospital for their injuries.
The elementary school was put on lockdown around 2pm local time (7pm GMT), and just over an hour later a spokesperson for the police force said there was no longer an active shooter at the scene.
Newport News is a small city of around 180,000 people located about an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Virginia's capital city of Richmond.
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