A seven-year-old girl has been declared brain dead following an “indiscriminate” drive-by shooting which also left two adults and a 16-month-old boy needing hospital treatment.
The group were ambushed in the 2900 block of Northwest 51st Street, in the Brownsville area of Miami just after 8pm on Saturday, July 25.
A car had just parked in front of a house and people were getting out when another car drove past the Miami Herald reports.
Someone in the passing car is then reported to have opened fire, shooting more than a dozen rounds before a man in the house is said to have returned fire, the paper says it was told by sources.
A 23-year-old woman was shot in the torso and is in stable condition after surgery at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
A 19-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and neck and is also in stable condition.
Police named the seven-year-old child as Alana Washington on Monday morning and said she was in critical condition, after a group advocating for mothers of murdered children said they planned to gather at 2.30pm at the street corner where the shooting took place to urge the community to “speak up” about the incident.
Just after 10.30pm on Saturday, Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez tweeted about the shooting.
He wrote: “Just informed of a drive-by shooting in northern Miami-Dade, in which a baby and child where shot, among others.
“This type of indiscriminate violence is unconscionable and we as a community cannot become callous to it.
“Anyone with information is urged to call @CrimeStopper305 at 305-471-TIPS.
“@MiamiDadePD will be contributing to increase the reward by $5000 for information that results in an arrest or filing of criminal charges.”
“We are hurt so bad, you know. We are just so hurt,” Cynthia Banks, a family member of the two injured children, told CBS4. “We would have never imagined that it would happen like this here. I just want everyone to just pray for my family.”
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 wrote. “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.”