Boy accidentally shoots self in Portsmouth, 6th juvenile shot since Oct. 1 in the city

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Oct 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-07 09:31:52-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Portsmouth Police are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

The incident happened in the 40 block of Harvard Road at 4:30 p.m.

Police said a 15-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. According to police, the incident was accidental, and the wound was self-inflicted.

This is the 6th juvenile shot in the city since October 1. Five other shootings happened on October 1.

One teen was killed on Berkley Ave., a 16-year-old was killed on South Street and another was injured, another teen was injured on Dale Drive and an arrest has been made in relation to that crime and a 17-year-old was killed on Elm Ave.

Darrell Redmond, a Portsmouth native and founder of a non-profit organization that helps young kids and teenagers, told News 3 earlier this week crime has gotten worse in Portsmouth in recent years.

"Things have just taken a whole different turn. When we were coming up, it was a fight and now it’s a gun. That’s the part that frustrates me. It's no more fighting. It seems like it's senseless shootings," Redmond said.