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2 children shot at Petersburg apartment complex

Police: 5 and 6-year-old were outside playing when they were shot
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Posted at 10:14 AM, May 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-24 00:06:02-04

PETERSBURG Va. -- Police are investigating a shooting at a Petersburg apartment complex Saturday night that left two children hospitalized.

Police were called to the 500 block of Pecan Street at the Pecan Acres Estates for a shooting.

When officers arrived, they found 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl suffering from gunshot wounds, Petersburg Police said.

Officers said the children were outside playing when they were shot.

The children were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries, but are expected to recover, according to police.

Investigators said a "small" Honda or Toyota was spotted leaving the area.

Officers urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact them.

Last month a 14-year-old girl heard what she described as fireworks before she was grazed by a bullet in the same neighborhood.

And the double shooting happened not 24 hours after a man was killed nearly two miles away in the 500 block of University Boulevard.

No suspect information nor addition details about that case was available Sunday.

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212 or at P3.tips.com. Crime Solvers pays a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction, police said.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.