NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A 6 year old girl is recovering at home after she was shot in the leg while at a cookout Saturday night, according to police.
It happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of Arlington Avenue.
Jariyah Taylor was first taken to a local hospital after police responded, but she is now back home.
Taylor’s family was having a cookout when they heard as many as 10 gunshots. One of the bullets came through the back wall of the family’s home and struck the girl in the right leg.
“It’s right sad when you can’t have a little cookout, a little fun, without a lot of people walking around with pistols,” said Donald Harris, who stopped Monday morning at a convenience store just a few feet from the family’s back yard.
Harris is disgusted with what he calls young people getting too involved with violence and gangs.
“Everybody’s just afraid to do anything. You say good morning to somebody and you’re liable to get shot or something.”
Police say as many as ten shots were heard, and they don’t have a suspect yet.
It’s two blocks from where a pizza delivery driver was shot and robbed in January on Madison.
“Some of the problems that we’re having with young people not having anything to do,” said Reverend James W. Brown of Gethsemane Baptist Church. “They’re joining gangs and doing a lot of random shooting, and the victims are often children and innocent bystanders that have nothing do with it. And this is just another case.”
But Harris disagrees. He says young people in Newport News do have options other than crime.
“You’ve got a lot of football camps going on, a lot of parks, a lot of recreation centers, There’s a lot of things for them to do.”
Brown is part of Concerned Citizens for Justice and Equality, a group that’s working to create opportunities for young people in Newport News to keep them out of trouble.
Meanwhile, Newport News Police say they have no suspect information at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP.
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