A nine-year-old boy shot and critically wounded a female classmate on Wednesday at a Washington state elementary school, authorities have said.The girl, eight-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman, was rushed by air ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and wheeled into surgery for a gunshot wound to the stomach, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.
Kocer-Bowman remained in critical condition following the 90-minute surgery, according to Ms Gregg.
"She's critical, she's very sick," Ms Gregg said about five hours after the 1.30pm PST shooting in a classroom at Armin Jahr Elementary School in Bremerton, Washington.
The spokeswoman said she didn't expect the girl's condition to change overnight.
The nine-year-old boy, who was not identified by authorities, was taken into custody by police, a Bremerton School District spokeswoman said, and the school was locked down before students were allowed to leave."We do know the gun and the student were found," Bremerton School District spokeswoman Patty Glaser said.
Police were still investigating the incident, Ms Glaser said, which took place shortly before the end of the school day. Armin Jahr Elementary teaches about 400 students in grades K-5.
"It's very early in the investigation. As a parent I can only imagine. Our prayers go out to the families," Ms Glaser said.
The district said the school would reopen on Thursday and that grief counsellors would be on hand for students, staff and parents
A spokesman for police in Bremerton, a city of some 40,000 people about 15 miles west of Seattle, could not immediately be reached for comment.