Police: 12-year-old girl shot in shoulder in Newport News


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News police say an 12-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder on Friday night.

Police say the shooting happened just before 9:23 p.m., outside the Aqueduct Apartments in the 13200 block of Aqueduct Drive.

The girl was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Authorities are on the scene investigating.

10 On Your Side returned to the scene a day later and tried speaking with residents.

Many were afraid to go on camera because of fear of retaliation.

One resident told us off camera that they heard six gun shots.

Another told 10 On Your Side that they heard the gunshots but did not react because they’ve become accustomed to the sound.

The shooting on Aqueduct Drive was the fourth shooting this week in Newport News.

On Thursday, a man died and a teenager was injured following a shooting at the Tarrytown Apartments.

That same night, someone shot a 17-year-old on Harpersville Road.

Last Sunday, a 15-year-old was shot in the shoulder and hand during a drive-by shooting.

The violent week concluded at the Aqueduct Apartments, but neighbors are not surprised.

It’s the fifth shooting on the street since October of 2016.

Some we spoke with off camera say they moved because of the violence while others, still living in the community, say they’re fed up and are hoping for change. Note: An earlier version of this story listed the girl’s age as 11 years old. That was the age first released by police. She is 12 years old. 

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