Gun allegedly used by 6-year-old to shoot teacher kept on top shelf of mother's closet, lawyer says


The gun allegedly used by the freshman accused of shooting his teacher in Newport News, Va., was kept on the top shelf of his mother’s bedroom closet, James Ellenson said , the attorney representing the child’s family, told CNN.

The weapon had been secure by a trigger lock, the lawyer told CNN in an email Sunday.

Ellenson has yet to elaborate on how the 6-year-old gained access to the weapon.

This week, Newport News police and ATF officials conducted their second round of searches at two homes belonging to the child’s family, Ellenson said.

No charges have been filed.

The gun was purchased legally by the child’s mother, who could face charges at the end of the investigation, according to Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew. The child brought it to school in his backpack, he said.

The teacher, Abby Zwerner, 25, was discharged from hospital last week. She was shot in the chest after the bullet went through one of her hands, according to Drew.

On Thursday, the boy’s family released a statementsaying their child has an acute disability and that they were praying for Zwerner, who “selflessly served our son and the school children.”

Richneck Elementary has been closed since the Jan. 6 shooting, but students and parents were asked to return to school Wednesday for a two-hour non-instructional activity period, according to a letter of a school principal.

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