7-year-old child, man injured in Norfolk shooting

Janayah Jones (Photo courtesy of Aaron Kurtz/WAVY)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A child and a man were injured in a shooting Wednesday night in Norfolk.

Emergency crews were called to the 200 block of Nicholson Street around 9:10 p.m. for a possible gunshot victim. When officers got to the scene, they found a seven-year-old child and a 38-year-old man with gunshot wounds.

Tony Jones says his seven-year-old daughter Janayah was outside playing when the shots were fired.

“I was in the house and she was outside, riding her bike,” Jones said. “I just heard gunshots so I headed outside to find my kids.”

When Jones got outside, he realized his worst fear had become a reality.

“Some guy came around the corner holding her,” Jones said. “I grabbed her and brought her in the house. When I checked on her, I saw the gunshot wound in her leg.”

Janayah was caught in the crossfire. She was shot in the calf.  On Wednesday, she recovering at home.

“I told her, ‘They weren’t trying to kill you or shoot you. You were just at the wrong place at the wrong time,'” Jones said. “That’s how I explained it to her.”

“It’s really scary seeing your seven-year-old go through that,” Jones said.  “It’s hard… I’m grateful and I’m thankful she’s alright.”

Police say a 38-year-old man was also shot. He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and should be OK.

Jones hopes investigators find the person who pulled the trigger sooner rather than later.

“It doesn’t make any sense at all, shooting while kids outside… Do that another time,” he said.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about this shooting call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

This shooting happened nearby where three others were shot last week. Last Tuesday, a man and woman were injured by gunfire not far away on Brambleton Avenue. The next day, a man was taken to the hospital after a shooting on Lincoln Street.

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