UPDATE (7:51 p.m. on Monday, June 13): 13 News is learning new details about a deadly shooting that happened just before midnight on Sunday.

Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer says that Zsailynn Conley was with a parent on the porch of a home on Grant St. when he was fatally shot in the chest area.

“This is so heartbreaking because the majority of people on the midnight shift which is when this came in all have children about that age,” said Chief Brewer. “It was very difficult for them, very stressful for them. They are second-guessing themselves asking what could I have done differently to try to save this child, but ultimately it’s in God’s hands.”

Police say that multiple shots came from what appear to be two separate guns from the direction of Mound Park. They say they found several shell casings in the area.

“It makes you feel awful,” said Portsmouth resident, Freda Evans. “It just makes me feel, I don’t know. I can’t describe it, knowing that someone just killed a little boy and left him there.”

Chief Brewer says that police are still looking for suspects and that residents should not walk around the area after dark.

Many residents say they are concerned not only for their safety but their children’s.

“No matter what the circumstances are that’s a tragedy,” said Portsmouth resident, Marlyn Hempill. “How could you even feel safe? I know I wont be coming here to walk anymore.”

Residents say the Mound Park area is becoming a concern and Chief Brewer says her department receives a lot of complaints regarding late-night activities in the area.

“I walk my dog there twice a day and I’m armed with a stun gun and pepper spray, because I am nervous when I walk here,” said Hempill. “Sometimes there’s activities going on that look a little suspicious and sometimes I don’t stop because something doesn’t feel right. But oh my goodness a child.”

Neighbors and residents say they are heartbroken over the loss of the young boy.

“It’s just very very sad to know that someone would kill a boy,” said Evans. “A little boy? Why? Why would you want to kill a little boy?


PORTSMOUTH, OH (WOWK) — A 4-year-old boy is dead after he had been shot just before midnight Sunday. The Portsmouth Police Department was called to the 1800 block of Grant St. in reference to shots fired. They say a second caller stated that someone had been shot.

Upon officers’ arrival, they found 4-year-old Zsailynn Amari Conley had been shot. Medics from the Portsmouth Fire Department transported the child to Southern Ohio Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. If anyone has any information about this incident, you are urged to contact the Portsmouth PD at 740-353-4101 or the detective division at 740-354-1600.