Thursday, September 28, 2023

Police want to know who shot this 6-year-old girl during a cookout

NEWPORT NEWS — A 6-year-old girl was shot in the leg while in a cookout here Saturday night.

No suspects have been named in the incident which was reported at around 9:22 p.m.

Newport News Police said the girl was having a cookout with other people in the 5600 block of Arlington Avenue when she was shot.

Sgt. Randall Bailey said witnesses at the scene told officers of hearing approximately 10 gunshots prior to the girl being injured.

She was taken to a local hospital to be treated. Police said it was a “non-life-threatening” injury.

Additional information about the incident was not immediately released.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about the incident to call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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