NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A mother and her young daughter are on the mend after they were reportedly hit by stray bullets in Young Terrace on Thursday.
Around 5 p.m., Alyssia Rodgers, 29, was on her front porch on Whitaker Lane with her four children at her side. She told 10 On Your Side that they were completing homework, when suddenly, someone drove by, firing shots.
“The kids was running everywhere, scattering, trying to save they life,” a neighbor says.
But Rodgers’ nine-year-old daughter, Jaylenn, didn’t run for cover.
“She just hopped up and started screaming ‘my leg, my leg,’ so I grab her, and her little sister, and her little brother and we run in the house and I call 911,” Rodgers recalls. “And then I notice, my back is burning.”
Officers responded and transported the pair to the hospital. They were released from the hospital on Friday. Rodgers spoke to 10 On Your Side soon after she returned home. But Jaylenn, she said, was too afraid to accompany her.
“She don’t want to come home, she’s with her grandma,” Rodgers says., through tears. “Emotionally, she’s gonna be messed up.”
For three years, the family has lived in Young Terrace. Not long after moving in, a bullet flew into Jaylenn’s bedroom, she says. “Right passed her face, so this is not the first time.”
She fears it won’t be the last, and is hoping to move. Neighbor Sandunikiq Edwards, who has daughters of her own, said she feels the same way. Edwards was inside when the shots rang out.
“[My daughter] said ‘they shooting, mommy, they shooting, mommy’ I said ‘go get in the bathtub’ … it’s just crazy, it’s always happening out here,” she recalls.
“Every day, all day, and they don’t care,” Rodgers says.. “They just come out here and shoot it up, they have no respect, nothing.”
Police have not released any information on a suspect or motive. At last check, no one was in custody.
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