Mother, daughter hit by stray bullets while doing homework

A mother and daughter were struck by stray bullets in the Young Terrace neighborhood on Thursday while they were sitting outside of their home doing homework.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A mother and daughter were struck by stray bullets in the Young Terrace neighborhood on Thursday while they were sitting outside of their home doing homework.

Just before 5 p.m., police were called to the 800 block of Whitaker Lane for a gunshot disturbance. 

Once they got there, they found 29-year-old Alyssia Rodgers and her 9-year-old daughter, Jaylenn, shot. Both were taken to a hospital and are expected to survive.

Rodgers said her three other children --- a 12-year-old, 8-year-old, and 1-year-old --- were also with them outside during the shooting but weren't hurt.

Discharged from the hospital Friday, Rodgers said she and Jaylenn were still emotionally shaken and physically hurting.

"She don't want to come home. She's with her grandma," said Rodgers.

Jaylenn was hit in the leg and Rodgers was hit in the back. She said, initially, she didn't think the noise she heard Thursday were gunshots because it was broad daylight outside.

"She just started hopping up and started screaming, 'My leg, my leg, my leg!' So, I grabbed her and little sister and her brother and we ran in the house. I called 9-1-1 and I realized my back was burning," Rodgers recalled.

Angry, and hurting, Rodgers said she wants to get out of Young Terrace because this isn't the first time her family has been in the middle of gunfire. 

When she first moved into the neighborhood a few years ago, she said stray bullets came into the apartment.

"It's going to mess her up. This isn't the first time she's seen a bullet and it won't be the last if we're still out here," said Rodgers.

She hopes city leaders sees what happened to her and her daughter, and find a way to better protect people in Young Terrace because this shooting is the 11th crime in the past 90 days in Young Terrace.

Ten aggravated assaults and one homicide have taken place since June 18, 2017.

As of now, no further information was released. 

As detectives continue to investigate this double shooting, they encourage anyone with information to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Check out the Norfolk Police Department's crime detail report below:

Crime Details Report by 13News Now on Scribd


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