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Toddler wounded, 7-year-old girl brain dead after drive-by shooting in Miami area

Miami Herald logo Miami Herald 7/26/2020 By David Ovalle, Devoun Cetoute, and Charles Rabin, The Miami Herald

The 7-year-old girl wounded in a drive-by shooting on Saturday night in Northwest Miami-Dade has been declared brain dead at the hospital, the Miami Herald has learned.

The girl was shot along with two adults and a 16-month-old boy, who was struck in the thigh and is in stable condition at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Because of the girl’s grave condition, Miami-Dade homicide detectives are now handling the case and looking for the shooter or shooters.

The ambush happened in the 2900 block of Northwest 51st Street, in the Brownsville area, just past 8 p.m. Saturday.

A car had just parked in front of the house, and people were getting out when another car drove past. Someone in the passing car opened fire. Over a dozen rounds were fired, sources say. One man in the house returned fire.

A 23-year-old woman was shot in the torso and is in stable condition after surgery at Ryder Trauma. A 19-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and neck. He, too, is in stable condition.

It was unclear Sunday who was the intended target of the shooting. The violence quickly sparked outrage among community leaders.

Just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez tweeted about the shooting.

“This type of indiscriminate violence is unconscionable and we as a community cannot become callous to it,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez also said in his tweet that Miami-Dade police contributed $5,000 to a reward on information that leads to an arrest or filing of criminal charges. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stopppers at 305-471-8477.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, on Sunday, said that her office is adding an additional $5,000 to the reward fund to help catch the killer.

“It’s just a real sad day for Miami-Dade County,” said Edmonson, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting happened. “We’re already dealing with the coronavirus, and now we also have to cope with useless shootings, especially when children are involved.”

Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho also tweeted about the shooting.

“Heartbroken to learn that yet again, a precious child was shot during a drive-by incident tonight,” Carvalho said. “I am with pleading with the community...if you saw something, PLEASE say something. We must not remain silent when the lives of our children are at stake.”

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, in a statement issued on Sunday, said prosecutors responded to the shooting scene, are working with detectives and “need our community’s help to bring the shooters in.”

“The million eyes of our community’s residents may have seen something that could provide an essential identifying clue. Please come forward and say something,” Fernandez Rundle said. “You may become an important lifesaver with just a few words.”


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