Community leaders respond after double shooting that left one boy dead in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth police said two boys were shot, one fatally, Friday night on 7th Street.

One previously had life-threatening injuries. In an update Saturday, Portsmouth Police stated that one of the children “succumbed to his injuries.”

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Dispatchers said the incident was reported in the 700 block of 7th Street just after 9 p.m.

Police didn’t release the ages of the boys who were shot.

10 On Your Side spoke with ‘Give Back 2 Da Block’ founder Darrell Redmond about when he first got word of what unfolded Friday night and what he was thinking.

“Last night I was actually out with a few of my friends,” said Redmond. “I got a call. They said that two males were just shot in Southside. I immediately came to where I’m at right now.”

“I deal with a lot of these kids and, a lot of organizations out here, we deal with these kids. Is it a kid that someone of us is mentoring? Is it a kid that one of us has not got a chance to connect with? All those questions start to arise and saying, ‘What could we have done more to help this situation? What how could we have gauged more? What did we do to drop the ball? As a community, when we lose one, we all drop the ball.”

Standing in Southside Gardens, where this shooting occurred, Redmond explained to 10 On Your Side what community leaders can do to help neighborhoods heal – and may, in turn, reduce the rate of these deadly shootings.

“Immediately when this happens, less than or within 24 hours or so, let’s start getting a response team out here. Let’s get a trauma-informed care unit,” said Redmond.

“We know there are services out there, but when these things happen, let’s put these services at these people’s front door.”

The activist uses his background as a formerly incarcerated man to help steer youth in a safe direction. He tells WAVY News that after a community is rocked by an incident like what happened Friday night, it would help for some kind of response team.

For now, police are working to learn who’s responsible for this deadly shooting. Redmond says if you know anything that cold help police with their investigation, put yourself in the victims’ families shoes.

“If it was you in this situation what would you do? What would you do if this is your child? If this is your people what would you do? We need to enlighten our kids. We need to put a surrounding barrier around our kids because if we continue to lose our kids, and we continue to lose our future.”

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