6-Year-Old Girl Killed in Michigan Elementary School ShootingAired February 29, 2000 - 1:05 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: There's been a deadly shooting at an elementary school near Flint, Michigan. Police say a first-grade boy shot a 6-year-old girl at Buell Elementary School in Mount Morris Township. Twenty-two students and a teacher were in the classroom when the shot was fired. The girl was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. One student is being held for questioning. Frantic parents converged on the school to get to their children.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They were running us around about bringing our kids out. We just wanted our kids. I want to know how a 6-year- old boy got a gun and shot another little girl. Now we all have to -- our kids are going to be paying.
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ALLEN: CNN's Ed Garsten is working this story for us. He joins us right now by telephone with an update -- Ed.
ED GARSTEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Natalie, police are asking many of the same questions that same parent was asking. They want to know how a young 6-year-old boy got a weapon -- still undetermined whether it was a handgun or a long gun -- into the school in a working-class neighborhood.
I'm outside the school now. Parents still milling around, hugging each other, asking each other why. How could this happen to our young children in this elementary school. Because it's an elementary school, kindergarten through fourth grade, the school superintendent says there really wasn't any sort of the constant security you might see in a secondary school; certainly no metal detector. There are no lockers in this school. The children hang their coats up in a closet in the classroom.
They still are not releasing any details of yet as to the circumstances around the shooting, whether or not the shooting was intentional, whether it was accidental, whether there were any issues between these two young children. Police still just don't know. The classroom has been sealed off as a crime scene. As far as we know, the police say, the weapon is still sitting in that room.
Grief counselors have been brought in, social workers have been brought in. Of course, school is not open right now. The students were moved across the street to a church where the parents picked them up. And the school superintendent, Ira Rutherford (ph), says school will open, though, as soon as possible. He called it a very tragic, a very troubling situation, and school officials and police certainly intend to get to the bottom of this.
But right now, it still is unclear exactly how and why this tragedy occurred -- Natalie.
ALLEN: All right, and you'll be working this story for us. Ed Garsten, thank you, from Michigan.
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