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Child shot, hospitalized in Roanoke

Child shot, hospitalized in Roanoke


Roanoke police are investigating the Monday evening shooting of a 3-year-old boy near the Wilmont section of the city.

The boy is being treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for serious injuries, according to a Wednesday news release from police.

Officers responded about 7:30 p.m. to a call about a person with a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Westwood Boulevard, the release said.

That block is occupied entirely by the Westwood Village Preservation Apartments. It’s one block north of Fairview Elementary School and the Greenvale School, a childcare center.

Police found a 3-year-old child with a gunshot wound to the forehead in the kitchen, according to a search warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court. The child’s mother told police that the wound was self-inflicted, the warrant said.

Roanoke-EMS took the child, whose identity was not disclosed, to the hospital.

No arrests have been made, according to the news release, and the child’s family is cooperating with the investigation.

The search warrant shows police seized items including guns, ammunition and a toy gun from the apartment.

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