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Suspect turns himself in after 5-year-old shot in Portsmouth

The shots were fired in the 1100 block of Virginia Avenue
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Posted at 12:19 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 14:12:58-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit said a suspect wanted for allegedly shooting a child turned himself in Friday night.

On Friday, March 20, around 8:39 p.m., officials received several calls for shots being fired in the 1100 block of Virginia Avenue.

While police were responding to these calls, officials received another call stating that a child had been shot and was being driven to a local hospital. Officers responded to Virginia Avenue and located a crime scene. Additional officer responded to Maryview Hospital where they met the mother and a five-year-old boy with an injury to his torso.

The boy was transported to a secondary hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Over the course of their investigation, detectives believe that the individual who shot the child was 19-year-old Marquelle B. Simon of Chesapeake.

Simon was served his active warrants for aggravated malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (x2).

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