A Richmond man has been indicted on a half-dozen felony charges in connection with a Henrico County incident where a 5-year-old girl was shot in the head.
Derick Lamond Walton Jr., 20, is facing those charges for the April 4 incident, Henrico police said.
Officers said they found the girl, Ke’miyah Edwards, suffering from the gunshot wound in the Oak Hill Shopping Center on Mechanicsville Turnpike around 4:30 p.m. that day.
Witnesses told police the wounded girl was shot at a home in the 2500 block of Byron Street, which is about a half-mile from the shopping center.
The girl was hospitalized at VCU Medical Center for more than a month before returning home, police said.
Police said Walton was identified as a suspect in the incident where a man also suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
Walton was indicted Wednesday on charges of aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding, two counts of using a firearm in a felony, one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling and a charge of shooting from a vehicle.
Henrico Police Chief Humberto Cardounel said in a prepared statement that the 5-year-old was a “totally innocent victim” of a cowardly act.
“These senseless acts of violence will not be tolerated nor marginalized as being acceptable in any community,” Cardounel said.
Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said in a news release that prosecutors “will be working closely with the police to bring this criminal to justice.”