Police: Mother hit by stray bullet outside Portsmouth school

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The mother of a Douglass Park Elementary student is in stable condition after she was shot while picking up her child Monday afternoon.

Police responded to Grand Street around 4:23 p.m. Police updated their investigation at noon Tuesday, and now say the mother was hit by a stray bullet, and was not intentionally targeted.  She was wounded in her upper thigh, and is expected to recover.

Regardless of how the woman was shot, parents get on edge whenever there is gunfire at school.

“My kids go here, so I just want everybody to be safe,” said Douglass Park parent Shacerra Williams.

Scott Ziegler, executive director of human resources, says the woman was shot while standing on the sidewalk adjacent to the school.

Ziegler says the school was immediately put on lockdown and parents were notified via robocall.

“Students who were dismissing out that side entrance were diverted back to their classrooms. Students that were on the buses were moved out of the area as quickly as possible.”

A police car sits outside of Douglass Park Elementary School.

Ziegler says there will be extra police on patrol outside Douglas Park over the next few days, especially around the start and dismissal times.

Williams noticed more police cars than usual Tuesday morning.

“It’s a little safer, I seen a couple of cars, so I feel a little comfortable but not as comfortable because I have to leave him unattended,” Williams said.

“We wish things like this didn’t happen in the neighborhood, but when they do we want to reassure parents that our staff is well trained and knows how to react,” Ziegler said.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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