Police: 16-year-old girl sleeping on couch struck by gunfire in Hampton


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Police say a 16-year-old girl was transported to a hospital after she was shot early Monday morning in Hampton.

Hampton police said in a news release officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Anne Street, in the Buckroe Beach area, around 3:20 a.m.

Police said responding officers found the teen suffering from a gunshot wound.

The teen was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for the injury, which police said was not life-threatening.

Police said a preliminary investigation found the teen was sleeping on a couch in the living room of a home on Anne Street when she was struck by gunfire. No other injuries were reported.

A man who lives inside the home that was shot didn’t want to speak on camera, but said he was playing his guitar with a friend when he heard what he thought was a knock. He soon realized it was gunshots. 

He said the teen got shot in the arm. 

We spoke with another man who lives nearby. He also didn’t want to be identified but he said he heard several rounds go off. 

“I heard eight gunshots, like rapid gunfire,” the man said. “I was like ‘oh my God.’ I suffer from PTSD so I hit the deck.”

Investigating officers found shell casings on the street in front of the home.

“That could’ve been anybody. Anybody, anytime anywhere in this area so you know it’s just unfortunate,” the man said.

Information about a motive or suspects was not immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip online.

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