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10-month-old child injured after shots fired into Suffolk home

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Posted at 5:13 AM, Oct 13, 2021

SUFFOLK, Va. - Suffolk Police are investigating a shooting that injured a 10-month-old baby boy on Tuesday night.

Police said shots were fired into a home and the child suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Officials originally received a call for shots fired in the area of Spruce Street and Raleigh Avenue around 11:40 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers found shell casings near the intersection of Laurel Street and Columbus Avenue. Officers also discovered that two homes in the 200 block of Columbus Avenue were damaged by the shooting.

According to baby Cyrus' family, he was shot through his leg while lying in bed next to his mother.

The boy was treated by Suffolk Fire and Rescue personnel and taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Doctors at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) tell News 3 they have treated 31 kids for gunshot wounds so far this year.

News 3 got a first look inside the home next to where the baby boy was shot. A bullet went through Jada White's kitchen wall, shattering a tray, and then landed in an entertainment center in the living room.

"I was laying in bed and I heard five to eight shots - boom boom boom - so I hit the floor," White said. "This is where the bullet came through, and you can see it shattered a tray and left all this residue and landed in the entertainment center."

White says she was home at the time of the shooting but was luckily in a back bedroom. However, her grandmother, Elnora Sexton, was just five feet away from where the bullet flew in.

"I was watching TV and heard boom, boom, boom, boom, and I jumped to the floor and started crawling because I thought I had got shot," Sexton said. "I was like, 'Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.'"

Neighbors say that this isn't the first time houses in this neighborhood were struck by gunfire. A house across the street from this incident was allegedly hit by bullets two weeks ago.

This investigation is ongoing and there is no other information at this time, no suspects or vehicle information.

Anyone that has information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Suffolk Police or Suffolk Crime Line. To submit online, go to P3Tips.com, visit the Suffolk Police Department website and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link, or go to the Suffolk Police Department Facebook page.

In July, News 3 looked into the number of children who had been victims to gun violence over a few week time period, after a spike in juvenile incidents. We found from Memorial Day weekend to July 12 at least 20 kids had been shot across Hampton Roads. Click here to read that report.