Norfolk student injured after gun accidentally goes off in class

Posted at 2:09 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 18:23:57-05

NORFOLK, Va. – A Maury High School student accidentally shot himself while in school Friday afternoon.

Maury High School

Around 12:15 p.m., police say the 17-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the hand while attending class.

Detectives determined that the student had a handgun, which accidentally went off.

The student’s teacher was made aware of the injury, and the student was referred to the school nurse’s office.

Maury High was placed on lockdown while police investigated.

The teen was taken to the Children’s Hospital for the King’s Daughters for treatment. His injuries are said to be non-life-threatening.

No other injuries were reported.

Authorities say charges are pending against the student.

“Gun violence among our youths continues to be a problem in Hampton Roads. Fortunately, this young man was not seriously injured and no one else was hurt during the incident,” said Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone.

As police continue to investigate this incident, they encourage anyone who has information to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip through the P3Tips mobile app.

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