HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting that injured a 11-year-old.
22-year-old Erick Osby has been charged with one count of maiming, one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling, and one count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He has also been charged with one count of eluding police, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of possession of marijuana in regards to a separate incident.
Hampton police say officers were called to the 500 block of Smiley Road around 11:19 a.m. on May 20. They arrived to find the boy with a graze wound. He was taken to the hospital for his injury, which is considered non life-threatening.
The investigation determined Osby drove by in an older model Mercedes Benz 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.”
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 Those charges were withdrawn earlier this year.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 remains in custody in the Hampton City Jail.