Two weeks after a Virginia 6-year-old shot and injured his first-grade teacherhis family and authorities have released new details about the case, including where the gun he used was stored.
the shooting has left the Newport News, Virginia, community shaken and questioning the safety of students and staff in schools.
Police have said the child, who has not been identified, brought a loaded 9mm handgun to Richneck Elementary School in his backpack. He took the gun out without warning and shot once at 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner, who was teaching him first-grade class at the time, police said.
The gun used to shoot the teacher was ‘secured,’ the family said
In their first public statement since the Jan. 6 shooting, family members of the child said they have “always been committed to responsible gun ownership and keeping firearms out of the reach of children.”
The family, remaining anonymous, said the gun was “secured” in a statement released by attorney James Ellenson.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Ellenson said the gun had a trigger lock that should have kept it from firing and was stored on a top shelf of a closet in the mother’s bedroom. He said the family doesn’t know how the child got hold of it.
Newport News police previously said the gun was legally purchased by the boy’s mother in York County, and that the child took it from his home.
it is a misdemeanor in Virginia to leave a loaded gun accessible to a child under the age of 14.
No charges have been filed
Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said this week that no charges have been filed against the boy’s parents, though the investigation is ongoing.
Drew said he has faith that prosecutors “will make the right decision based on the