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Inside the mind of a 6-year-old shooter

January 16, 2023
Hello Insiders. I am Spriha Srivastava, Insider’s London Bureau Chief, filling in for Nicholas Carlson.

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Inside the mind of a 6-year-old shooter.

On the afternoon of January 6, a shooting occurred at Richneck Elementary School.

The police identified an unlikely suspect: a 6-year-old boy, accused of deliberately shooting his first-grade teacher — the lone victim.

Abigail Zwerner was teaching a class of about 20 children when she was shot through her hand and into her upper chest.

“The shooting was not accidental,” the city’s police chief said. “It was intentional.”

But what does “intentional” mean to a 6-year-old? Scientists told Insider that at such a young age, the brain is still developing. The boy likely didn’t understand the full consequences of his actions, morality, or the law.

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