Child shot in leg

Child shot in leg
A 9-year-old girl was shot in the leg Friday night / STAR NEWS


From the Henry County Sheriff’s Office:

On June 28, at approximately 10:52 pm, the Martinsville/ Henry County Communication Center received a call about an individual with a gunshot wound to the leg at the address of 101 Preston Scales Rd. Martinsville, Va. Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call and made contact with a nine-year-old female. The nine-year-old female was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to her right leg just above her ankle. Deputies immediately began performing first aid until the Fieldale-Collinsville Rescue Unit members arrived. The female was eventually airlifted to a medical facility in Virginia, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

While at the residence, deputies began investigating what had occurred. Kevon Hairston, the brother of the victim, was located while checking one of the bedrooms in which the incident occurred. Mr. Hairston stated that he left one of his loaded firearms unsecured on the bed, and another child accidentally hit the trigger on the firearm causing it to discharge.

As a result of this investigation Kevon Smith Hairston, 19 years of age, 101 Preston Scales Rd. Martinsville, was charged with felony child endangerment and reckless handling of a firearm.

Hairston had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. One was from Martinsville City for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and the other was a Contempt of Court out of Henry County. He is currently being held in the Henry County Adult Detention Center with no bond.


The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says a 9-year-old girl was shot in the lower leg shortly after 11 p.m. Friday night at 101 Preston Scales Road in Henry County. They say the shooting appeared to be unintentional and the girl suffered a non-life-threatening injury. She was airlifted to the hospital for treatment and an investigation is underway.