HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – An 11-year-old struck by gunfire during a drive-by shooting in Hampton over the weekend is expected to recover, according to police.
Officers are now looking for 22-year-old Erick Osby in connection with the shooting. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Hampton police say officers were called to the 500 block of Smiley Road around 11:19 a.m. Saturday. They arrived to find an 11-year-old boy with a graze wound. He was taken to the hospital for his injury, which is considered non life-threatening.
The investigation determined a man in an older model Mercedes Benz drove by and started shooting at people standing in the front of a home. One of the bullets entered the home, hitting the young victim.
Neighbors told 10 On Your Side it isn’t their first experience with violence on the block. Some are becoming afraid to leave their homes.
“I don’t let my daughter outside playing as much because you never know what’s gonna happen,” one woman said.
“I stay in my home, I go to work, I mind my own business,” another neighbor said. “I just pray to God you know, that people realize they don’t have to do this, they have a choice. Do the right thing.”
Osby has warrants on file for maiming, shooting into an occupied dwelling and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
Back in November, 10 On Your Side reported that he had been accused of abduction and attempted robbery. Those charges were withdrawn earlier this year.
Osby’s last known address was within the 600 block of Chapel Street. Call police if you have any information on his whereabouts.