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Warrant Quotes 6-Year-Old Shooter: 'I Shot That B---- Dead'

An unsealed search warrant for a 6-year-old student who shot a teacher at Newport News, Va., elementary school gave details of statements he allegedly made, Scripps News reports. They include "I shot that b**** dead," "I did it" and "I got my mom’s gun last night." The shooting happened on Jan. 6, 2023, at Richneck Elementary school. Police said the boy shot Abigail Zwerner, 25, in her classroom, where she was found with gunshot wounds in her left hand and upper torso. A staff member who restrained the boy said the boy admitted to shooting the teacher and claimed he obtained his mom's gun the night before the shooting. Zwerner’s legal team said multiple school staff members, including Zwerner, approached Richneck's administration on the day of the shooting saying they had concerns about the boy.


Zwerner told investigators there had been multiple "disciplinary incidents" involving the boy prior to the shooting. The child has not been charged, but his mother, Deja Taylor, is facing charges. She is set to have a plea hearing on Aug. 15 on charges of felony child neglect and a misdemeanor count of leaving a firearm in a way that could endanger a child. Taylor’s lawyer has said they hoped to work out a plea deal. He said Taylor faced mental health issues after having an abnormal pregnancy and a miscarriage, which he said contributed to the shooting. Taylor has pled guilty to federal gun and drug charges.

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