Police in Newport News, Virginia, provided new details Monday about the shooting of an elementary school teacher allegedly by a 6-year-old student.
The shooting, which police say "was intentional," took place at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on Friday, Jan. 6.
The teacher, identified as 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner, was teaching a lesson when the child drew the weapon, Police Chief Steve Drew said a a news conference.
The teacher "took a defensive position" and held up her hand, Drew said; the bullet passed through her hand and entered her chest.
Police said the gun was legally purchased by the child's mother.
An unidentified female school official entered the classroom and restrained the child, police said, while Zwerner sought help in administrative offices.
Police say they received a call about the shooting at 1:59 p.m., and the first officers arrived on the scene five minutes later. »