Children injured in Norfolk shooting

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police say two juveniles, a 9-year-old and a 15-year-old, were taken to the hospital after a shooting Friday night in Norfolk.

According to police, the boys were outside when they were hit by bullets on Charlotte Street around 7:22 p.m. Investigators initially thought the shooting had happened on Walke Street.

Karen Parker-Chesson with the Norfolk Police Department said the 9-year-old was taken by medics to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The 15-year-old victim was taken to the same hospital by his parent with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Monday, Parker-Chesson confirmed both children are in good condition and were both released from the hospital.

The preliminary investigation suggests the children were not targeted.

WAVY News 10′s Lauren Compton talked to a Tidewater Gardens resident off camera, who said she heard seven to eight gunshots at the time of the shooting. Tidewater Gardens residents say they deal with shootings often in their neighborhood.

“We have kids and families that have to live out here,” said a neighbor. “Why should we have to be in this dangerous environment? I feel afraid for me and my kids.”

The 9-year-old’s family told WAVY News 10 both boys were at the playground when they were hit. They said the 9-year-old boy was shot in the leg while he was running from the scene.

Police said there is no suspect information available at this time.

Norfolk Police are also investigating another shooting Friday that happened on Gregory Drive. Parker-Chesson said the victim in that shooting was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Stay with WAVY News 10 for any new information. 

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