Pauldings County School children have been in shock after a gunman opened fire in the school, killing four pupils and injuring five others.

The shooting happened in the St Mary’s Primary School at the end of a class period, with the teacher and five students among the victims.

It happened as the pupils were preparing for the end-of-term exam in the Paulders County Primary School.

Mr John O’Connor from the Newtown Area Health Authority (NHA) said: “This was a very difficult time for the school.

They were all very upset.

They are in shock, I can’t imagine what they are going through.”

The NHA said all four pupils had been taken to hospital for further treatment.

A number of people were injured in the attack.

A 19-year-old woman from nearby Pauldington was in a serious but stable condition, while three children aged nine to 14 were in a stable condition.NHA Superintendent Paul Hickey said: “[The school] is a good place for children to be.

The school is run by Pauldinging County Primary Schools and the area is known for its good quality of life.””

The NCA is in contact with the school and will be liaising closely with the local community to support the families of the victims and their loved ones.”

The school is run by Pauldinging County Primary Schools and the area is known for its good quality of life.

“I am absolutely delighted to be here in Pauldring County where all children feel safe and supported,” Mr Hickey added.

“Our priority is to support families and staff in the aftermath of this horrific event.”

The Irish Times is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact police on 0800 555 111.