Girl, 12, receives gunshot wound to face

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 8, 2002

Staff report

A 12-year-old Suffolk girl received a gunshot wound to the face this weekend just seconds after hearing a random shot fired outside her home.

Police responded to a call just after 6 p.m. Friday that the girl, of the 300 block of York St.,

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was injured by a second shot fired into the residence. The victim, who suffered a small flesh wound on the nose, realized she had been shot when her face started bleeding.

According to police, the child was sitting on a living room sofa when she heard the first shot fired. The girl looked outside, sat back on the sofa as the second shot was fired, breaking the window and hitting her nose, police said.

News of her condition was unavailable.

Although juveniles were seen in the backyard facing South Main Street around the time the shooting occurred, there were no suspects on Monday, said Officer Michael E. Simpkins, spokesman for the Suffolk Police Department.

In another incident, three Suffolk men were shot at a party at 205 Hall Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Two victims, McKenzie Smith, 20, and Reginald Smith, 22, both of the 2000 block of Nansemond Parkway told detectives that as they were leaving the party, they heard two people fighting in the parking lot, which was followed by the sound of gunshots. Both men said they didn’t know who was fighting or who fired the gun, Simpkins said. The two were treated and released from Obici Hospital.

The third victim, George Gates, 18, of the 200 block of North Capital Street, was taken to Sentara Norfolk General, where he received surgery for a gunshot wound to the back, Simpkins said. He was released from the hospital on Monday.

So far, the victims have not provided any leads as to the assailants, Simpkins said.

Police are seeking any information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits in these crimes. Calls should be made to 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.