11-year-old shot taking out trash in Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — An 11-year-old boy who was shot Monday night in Newport News has been released from the hospital, according to police.

Police were called to the 2200 block of Jefferson Avenue just after 10:00 p.m. and found the child with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.

The boy was reportedly taking out the trash when he was hit by gunfire. Police said he was taken to a local hospital, treated and was later released.

Police said the boy was not the intended target in the shooting, but it’s not clear who was.

Officers were seen searching for shell casings near a dumpster at the Newport Harbour Monday night. They retrieved a bullet from behind a dumpster on Tuesday afternoon.

LeRoyn Weaver works at a barber shop down the street. He said he’s saddened, but not surprised to hear what happened.

“I mean, no matter how hard you are, you hit a baby… You hit a baby. A baby. And just like the shoulder, it could have been the head,” he said.

Gregory Howard is Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church East End, which is located not far from the scene. He called on the community to come together.

“As far as it relates to the gun violence, obviously there is an apparent ease when it comes down to obtaining such weaponry that is being used carelessly on our streets. If we can come up with some type of way to curtail that as well, our hope and our prayer is that long-term, we won’t be hearing as much of such news as we have heard just recently as last night,” Howard said.

There is no suspect information at this time, according to police. If you know anything about this shooting, call the Crime Line at 1 -888-LOCK-U-UP.

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