Portsmouth police chief outraged over deadly shooting of 10-year-old boy

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A 10-year-old has died after being shot in Portsmouth Friday evening, police said.

Cleon Deonte Banks
Cleon Deonte Banks

Police have arrested 31-year-old Shawnday Ross in connection to the incident. She has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police are also searching for a person of interest. 26-year-old Cleon Deonte Banks is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Police responded to a shooting on the 30 block of Farragut Street just after 6 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found a child suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. Responding officers attempted life-saving measures.

However, the boy later died from his injuries at a local hospital.

Portsmouth Police Chief Stephen Jenkins issued the following statement regarding the shooting.

I met with the mother and extended family of the young boy, whose life was tragically taken, and they were distraught over their son’s death.

As the top officer of the Portsmouth Police Department, I am outraged over another young life taken over neighborhood disputes, where juveniles turn to guns to settle differences. As the Chief of Police, I can assure you that we are doing—and will do– everything we can to find everyone responsible for the loss of this young life and let the perpetrators have their day in court.

Portsmouth Police Chief Stephen Jenkins

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Portsmouth Police Investigations Bureau at 757–393–8536 or the Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-UP. Tips can also be submitted through the p3tips app or at www.portscrimeline.com.

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