RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A two-year-old girl was shot in the arm in Whitcomb Court early Wednesday morning.
Officers were called to Ambrose Street shortly after 2 a.m. When they arrived they found the girl inside a home with a gunshot wound to her arm.
During a press conference, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said the little girl was outside with her family when shots rang out. Police do not believe the girl was the intended target. Stoney said this incident is completely unacceptable and that everyone in the city should be deeply concerned and disturbed.
“Gun violence in city’s like ours is an epidemic,” Stoney said.
According to the mayor, crime is virtually down in all categories, but he says that is no comfort to a parent whose two-year-old has been shot.
A woman who told 8News she’s a family friend of the victim says the baby’s father was dropping her off at her godmother’s house in Whitcomb Court when the shooting began. Richmond police has yet to confirm any of those details.
One nearby resident, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke with 8News on Wednesday about the incident.
“It really hurt my heart,” she said. “Should nobody have a child outside at two o clock, I don’t care what age it is. Two o’clock in the morning, should no child be out here at two o’clock in the morning, you are supposed to be in the house, in the bed!”
Officers are now looking for a four-door, dark colored Nissan sedan that was seen leaving the area after the shooting.
If you saw anything or know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.