Toddler, woman in hospital after shooting in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A toddler and a woman were taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon with gunshot wounds, police say.

Norfolk police are investigating following the Sunday afternoon shooting in the 800 block of West 38th Street.

Officers were called to the scene around 4:45 p.m., and found a young child and a woman shot. Medics took the toddler to the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, while the woman was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Both were being treated for non life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Several people who live in the area spoke to 10 On Your Side. On Sunday, WAVY News spoke to a man who said he was leaving a nearby park when he heard the gunfire.

“I mean, it wasn’t scary for me, but I know the kids were scared,” he said. “But it’s like an everyday thing, people just shooting randomly.”

“It’s sad. The community, it shouldn’t be like this,” neighbor Nick Douglas said.

“I was just sort of standing here in awe. I’ve never really seen that before. For it to happen in the daytime was a little bit shocking,” Kaylee Sitton said.

The feeling of calm was disrupted Sunday when someone started shooting. Families at a nearby park scattered.

A man who didn’t want to be identified said, “I really wasn’t expecting none of that. It was quiet, it was peaceful… Everybody was ducking, I was ducking, told the kids to go run home.”

A man visiting a relative in this apartment complex says he saw the shooting happen. He also didn’t want to talk on camera but told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings he saw a man running down the street as someone in a vehicle shot at him.

The witness said as the man ran between a house and a park, the vehicle drove away.

Sitton heard the shots from inside her home but didn’t see what happened.

“I was upstairs in my bedroom on the backside of the house. I wasn’t even sure that’s what it was. I came downstairs and within moments of me coming outside there were cops already here,” she said.

Norfolk police haven’t confirmed any specific details about this crime. However, because of the information provided by neighbors, Cummings knocked on the door of a home possibly impacted. Neighbors told 10 On Your Side that a woman and a baby live there. Our crews saw a bullet hole in a front window of the duplex.

“You got kids out here during these shootings going on, bullets don’t have a name on them. I just feel bad for the person who got hit,” the unidentified witness said.

Police are working to identify a suspect. Meanwhile, Sitton explained she’ll be more aware during her neighborhood runs because the crime was so close to home.

“To have something like this happen right across the street is a little disheartening. I’ll probably be a little more safer than before,” Sitton said.

At 11:18 a.m. Monday, Cummings sent an email to Norfolk police asking specific questions about the shooting. At 1:31 p.m., Norfolk Police Department Public Information Officer Jo Ann Hughes emailed this statement to several members of the media:

Good afternoon all,

Many of you have inquired about getting additional information on the double shooting that occurred on 38th Street [Sunday]. We are working with the detective division to confirm additional information. As soon as the information can be released, we will update you accordingly.

The Norfolk Police Department continues to ask for anyone with information about this shooting to contact the Norfolk Crime Line.

Thank you for your patience.”

If you know anything about this shooting, call the Crime Line is 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.