9-year-old girl shot inside apartment as result of gun battle across the street, police say

Petersburg Police investigate two shootings, 9-year-old shot

PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - A 9-year-old girl is recovering after she was hit by a bullet while inside a Petersburg apartment building Thursday night.

Police said the incident happened as a result of a gun battle across the street in the 2300 block of Navajo Court. Multiple shell casings were found outside.

“She said five to six gunshots and woke him up. He was crying,” Marcellus Jackson said.

Marcellus Jackson has a daughter and grandchildren who live at the Petersburg East Apartments. Police say that’s where a ‘gun battle’ erupted Thursday night.

Out of that battle, a 9-year-old girl was hit while she was asleep. Police say the girl is back home to tell her story.

“I saw it from the top window. Right here,” Renee Starks said.

Renee Starks was inside her apartment when she heard the shots.

“It sounded like a war zone,” Starks said.

Once Starks came outside she realized her car had been hit.

“It hurts really deep down inside when it happens because I work hard every day and I pray even harder,” Starks said.

Starks found several bullets inside the car.

“It’s tearing me down emotionally, as well as financially because I struggle every day just to stay afloat. Every time I think I’m accomplishing something, someone comes along and takes it away,” Starks said.

This is the second time Starks’ car has been shot and damaged.

“I’m not being able to repair the cars as quickly as they are destroying the cars,” Starks said.

Officers said the young girl injured was shot in the arm and is back home resting.

“Please, police need your help in identifying those responsible for this senseless shooting,” officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crimes Solvers at (804) 861-1212.

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Posted by Petersburg Bureau of Police on Thursday, February 13, 2020

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