Mother, 9-year-old daughter shot outside Young Terrace apartment in Norfolk

Posted at 11:37 AM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 18:38:38-04

NORFOLK, Va. - A mother and her nine-year-old were injured in a shooting in Norfolk on Thursday evening.

Norfolk Police say they were called to the 800 block of Whitaker Lane just before 5 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting.

Police arrived to find the 29-year-old woman and 9-year-old girl both suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. They were both taken to local hospitals for treatment.

The preliminary investigation revealed the woman and girl were standing outside on Whitaker Lane when they were hit by stray bullets.

No other injuries were reported.

Family tells News 3 the two are mother and daughter.

Alyssia Rodgers, 29, says she and her daughter Jaylenn Rodgers, 9, were doing homework on their front porch when they were struck.

Rodgers' mother says the apartment where her daughter and four grandchildren live has been struck by stray bullets before.

She says Rodgers' has requested to move into different public housing, but it hasn't happened.

"It's like nobody is even willing to help them, you know?," said Rodgers' mother, who doesn't want her name released. "They should be able to feel safe in their home. They should be able to sit on their front porch without being worried they're going to get killed."

According to family, bullet fragments struck Rodgers' back while another bullet went into Jaylenn's leg.

Both were released from the hospital by late Friday afternoon. Rodgers told News 3 her daughter is terrified.

"She don't want to come home so she's with her grandma," Alyssia Rodgers said tearfully. "It's gonna mess her up. It's not the first time she's seen a bullet. It's not and it won't be the last if we're still out here."

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.