SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk officials say two juveniles have been arrested in connection with a shooting that left a 15-year-old seriously injured at a McDonald’s on Wednesday night.
Police say they arrested two 15-year-old boys, both residents of Portsmouth.
They are facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, use of firearm in commission of felony, possession of firearm by juvenile, discharging firearm in dwelling – endangerment, discharging a firearm in public place – endangerment, reckless handling of firearm – endangerment, shooting in commission of felony and aggravated malicious wounding.
Police responded to a report of a shooting at the McDonald’s, in the 6200 block of College Drive in Suffolk, around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
The 15-year-old victim, who is also a Portsmouth resident, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. He remains hospitalized and in critical condition.
People living near the restaurant tell 10 On Your Side it’s hard to believe the age of all involved.
“That’s sad. A child who hasn’t even started their life yet,” said one woman, who preferred not to be identified.
Other neighbors we spoke to said the area has crime just like anywhere else.
“This area where I am, (it’s) peaceful. It’s the outsiders that come in and cause problems,” the woman said.
10 On Your Side spoke with City Councilman Lue Ward by phone. The shooting happened in his district. He said police are always responsive to requests for more patrols, so he plans to look more into the situation.
The woman said that’s something she’d like to see.
“If they’re loitering, check on them and see where they supposed to be at. Especially the young kids because they may be out and their mothers don’t know,” she said.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
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