PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A 5-year-old child was taken to the hospital in serious condition after being shot in Portsmouth on Monday afternoon, a police spokesperson tells 10 On Your Side.
Lt. Bryant Hall with Portsmouth police said there was a call about a small child who had been shot in the 80 block of Lexington Drive around 12:15 p.m.
The shooting happened in unit 89 in Lincoln Park.
Medics responded to the scene and took the child to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
Hall said in an update Tuesday morning the child is in an intensive care unit in serious condition.
Only 10 on Your Side was watching as police pulled a gun from a pink bag. It had been put in a trash can behind unit 89.
Police haven’t said anything about the bag, who put the gun there, or the status of the gun. It is however part of an initial investigation by police forensic officers, who stayed inside unit 89 until 4:35 p.m., at least three hours.
“(Guns don’t shoot by themselves,) but the guns shouldn’t be around kids,” said neighbor, Tameka Hodges. “The gun should have been in locked place away from around little babies.”
Police have not reported whether the five-year-old shot himself, or was shot by someone else.
Several neighbors told 10 On Your Side the child’s 4-year-old sibling shot him. Police would not confirm or deny this information.
“I think the whole thing is sad. It is sad. It is all you can say, it is sad,” Hodges said.
Michael Hargrove is tired of living in Lincoln Park.
“Look, we have shootings every night. Somebody is stabbed, robbed, peoples’ kids afraid to come outside.”
In this case, however, it is clear the gunfire came from within unit 89. Either way, Hargrove says the use of guns in Lincoln Park is intolerable for him.
“Enough is enough. When are we going to quit killing each other? Raise your kids in peace instead of fear.”
Monday’s shooting comes just a couple months after a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in the 50 block of Lexington Drive.