Police in Florida have been investigating Tuesday the homicide of a three-year-old boy who was shot and killed at his personal birthday celebration.
Elijah LaFrance was doubtless struck by a stray bullet in a Miami suburb Saturday night, when “unknown subjects armed with various semi-automatic weapons, to include rifles, arrived on the scene and began discharging the firearms towards the residence” because the kid’s household cleaned up the yard after the social gathering, Miami-Dade police mentioned.
The toddler was taken to the hospital, the place he “succumbed to his injuries,” in line with police.
Authorities have been providing a $15,000 reward for data resulting in the arrest of suspects within the case.
Elijah, who would have turned 4 in just a few days, was celebrating his birthday with one other baby, his household advised native media.
Videos from the social gathering present the youngsters enjoying in a pool on the home, surrounded by colourful balloons.
Officers arrived on the scene after being alerted by means of the ShotSpotter system, a expertise that listens for gunshots and is put in all through almost 100 American cities.
A 21-year-old lady was additionally shot within the incident. Police recovered greater than 60 bullets on the scene.
“I am completely devastated, I’m disgusted,” mentioned Miami-Dade County Police Department Chief Alfredo Ramirez III as he vowed to speculate each effort potential to unravel the crime.
Young youngsters are often victims of gun violence within the United States, the place firearms are widespread and elected officers battle to come back to consensus round rules.
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