Emergency responders treated the child at the scene before rushing him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
Police took Antonio Lonnell Melton, 38, into custody in connection with the incident and charged him with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a violent felon, and reckless handling of a firearm, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
Melton was being held at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.
“You’d be surprised what you might see out here now,” he continued. “You used to walk out the door 25, or 30 years ago and go back in there without nothing happening. But now, it’s something happening every day out here.”