Sixth grade girl arrested after school shooting in Idaho which left three injured

Sixth grade girl arrested after school shooting in Idaho which left three injured

A GIRL has been arrested in Idaho, United States, after she shot and injured two students and a custodian at a local middle school.

The girl, who is in sixth grade and is believed to be 11 or 12 years of age, was disarmed by a teacher after she opened fire at Rigby Middle School yesterday morning, 6 May 2021.

The female teacher then held the girl until police arrived on the scene.

It is understood that the girl took a handgun from her backpack and shot three people, one inside and two outside the building before she was disarmed; all three people are expected to survive their injuries, police say, but may require surgery.

12-year-old witness Yandel Rodriguez, speaking to ABC News, said "Me and my classmate were just in class with our teacher, we were doing work, and then all of a sudden, here was a loud noise and then there were two more loud noises. Then there was screaming.

"Our teacher went to check it out and he found blood."

The child suspect has not been named, and may be charged with attempted murder, Jefferson County's prosecuting attorney Mark Taylor has said according to NBC News.

All three victims were shot in their extremities, however an investigation into the shooting could still lead prosecutors to seek an attempted murder charge against the young girl.

In a statement, Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin said they had experienced "the worst nightmare a school district could encounter. We had a school shooting here at Rigby Middle School.

He added:

"What we know so far is the shooter has been apprehended. There is no further threat to the students."