Newport News, Va. – Police have made two arrests after they say a 6-year-old was accidentally shot in Newport News early on New Year’s Day.
At about 12:22 a.m. police responded to the 1100 block of 27th Street to a report of a gunshot wound to a 6-year-old child.
The child was transported by medics to a local hospital with what appeared to be a non-life threatening injury.
The child’s mother told officers that the child was outside when he was struck by “stray gunfire”, police say.
Detectives from the Special Victims Unit determined that both the suspect and the victim were inside the residence when a handgun discharged, striking the victim in his foot. Police say 21-year-old Dametrey Ervon Boone was in possession of the firearm when it discharged.
It appears that this was an accidental discharge, police say.
Police say the victim’s mother lied when providing information to the dispatcher who answered the 911 call and to the officers who responded to the scene. Dametrey Boone had left the residence prior to the officers arriving, police say.
On January 8 warrants were obtained for Dametrey Boone charging him with reckless handling of a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor; 41-year-old Giselle Owens was charged with filing a false police report and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Dametrey Boone was arrested at the Newport News City Jail on January 8 where he was being held on unrelated charges.
Giselle Owens was arrested about 12:15 p.m. on January 8 at 26th Street and Roanoke Avenue and was released on her recognizance by a magistrate.
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