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In the midst of the tragedy in Virginia, a heroine appeared at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, after the shooting caused by a 6-year-old student, who injured his teacher, however, the woman saved the rest of the students by removing them from the classroom, despite being injured.
As the police themselves had anticipated, the shooting “was intentional,” as the teacher, identified as 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner, he was giving a lesson when the boy pulled out a gun and fired.
The teacher “took a defensive position” and raised her hand, Police Chief Steve Drew said; the bullet went through her hand and entered her chest, so she remains hospitalized and is reported to be in stable condition.
The boy was using a Taurus 9mm firearm, which Drew described as a pistol. Police said the gun was purchased legally by the boy’s mother.
The boy brought the gun to school in his backpack, but the gun is suspected to have been on the boy’s body, not inside his backpack, at the time of the shooting.
Three days from that moment, it was revealed that after Zwerner was shot, he was able to evacuate the children from his classroom; Security footage even showed the children in the classroom going out into the hallway and entering a neighboring classroom.
Zwerner was the last person to leave the classroom, police said, calling her “a hero.”
“The way the students were served was heroic,” Drew said.
An unidentified school official entered the classroom and restrained the boy, police said, while Zwerner sought help at the administrative offices.
After the announcement of the shooting and the rapid arrival of the police, the school was systematically evacuated and parents were reunited with their children. Students who had been in the classroom where the shooting occurred were taken to the school library, where they met with detectives and mental health professionals.
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