Child grazed by stray bullet

Published 10:44 pm Sunday, July 4, 2021

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A juvenile male was reportedly grazed by a stray bullet that fell from the sky late on the Fourth of July.

The incident happened in the 100 block of South Fifth Street and was reported at 9:20 p.m., according to a city press release.

Suffolk Police responded to the scene and found a juvenile who had been grazed by a stray bullet that reportedly fell from the sky while he was outside with his family.

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Following medical assessment and treatment from Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel, the child was taken to an area hospital and is expected to recover.

Interim Suffolk Police Chief Alfred Chandler notes, “The senseless act of firing a weapon randomly into the air to celebrate a holiday or any other event can have potentially deadly consequences. These acts are not fun, they are not patriotic and they are not acceptable. These acts are dangerous.

“Detectives are working tirelessly to identify the individual that caused this situation to occur. It is our duty and responsibility to do all we can to ensure that the residents of Suffolk to feel safe inside or outside their home. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Suffolk Police or Suffolk Crime Line.”

The incident remains under investigation. No additional information is available for release.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Suffolk Police or Suffolk Crime Line.  To submit online, go to, visit the Suffolk Police Department website ( and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link, or go to the Suffolk Police Department Facebook page at You can also call 888-LOCK-U-UP, 1-888-562-5887, Option 5. Once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at and submit follow-up information, engage in two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.