Man charged in double shooting that injured 12-year-old girl

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police have charged a man in connection with a double shooting that injured a 12-year-old girl Tuesday.

Police say shortly after 10 p.m., officers were called to the 3200 block of Peronne Avenue for “shots in progress.” When officers arrived to the scene, they found the 12-year-old and a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Thomas Hairston (Photo courtesy: NPD)

As police investigated, they learned another man — 18-year-old Thomas Q. Hairston — came into Sentara Norfolk General with a gunshot wound. Police say Hairston was identified as the suspect in the Peronne Avenue shooting.

Detectives have arrested Hairston on two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

10 On Your Side asked authorities who shot Hairston; police responded to say that the incident is still under investigation.

Police say this shooting started after an argument.

This is the second time a child has been shot in Norfolk in less than two weeks. On July 19, a seven-year-old girl was injured in a shooting on Nicholson Street.

“Twelve years old,” neighbor Floyd James said. “Her life hasn’t even started, yet they could have took that little girl’s life last night.”

James says his wife Charlotte woke him up and said she heard gunshots.

“I heard… ‘Pow, pow’ and then ‘bam, bam,'” Charlotte James said. “I told my husband somebody been shooting out there.”

Floyd James stepped onto his porch and saw the 12-year-old girl’s arm bleeding.

“She was just sitting there,” James said. “She was in shock almost.”

The James’ say the violence needs to stop.

“It could have been my life, but it wasn’t my time,” Charlotte said.

“Something needs to change in this neighborhood,” Floyd added. “I’m serious.”

This is a developing story. Stay with for updates.