Child injured after stray bullet falls from sky in Suffolk

Posted at 10:53 PM, Jul 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 14:56:09-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - Suffolk Police are investigating a shooting that left one child injured on Fourth of July.

Police responded to the 100 block of South 5th Street Sunday after receiving a call at 9:20 p.m.

Police say when they arrived at the scene they found a child who had been grazed by a stray bullet which reportedly fell from the sky while he was outside with his family.

The child was taken to the hospital to be treated for a non-life-threatening injury.

The incident remains under investigation.

Interim Suffolk Police Chief Alfred Chandler released a statement following the incident.

“The senseless act of firing a weapon randomly into the air to celebrate a holiday or any other event can have potentially deadly consequences. These acts are not fun, they are not patriotic and they are not acceptable. These acts are dangerous. Thankfully, the child in this case is expected to be okay. Detectives are working tirelessly to identify the individual that caused this situation to occur. It is our duty and responsibility to do all we can to ensure that the residents of Suffolk to feel safe inside or outside their home. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Suffolk Police or Suffolk Crime Line.”

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