Florida Police were investigating the murder of a three-year-old boy on Tuesday who was shot at his own birthday party.
Elijah LaFrance was likely hit by a stray bullet in a Miami suburb on Saturday night, when “unknown persons armed with various semi-automatic weapons, including rifles, arrived at the scene and began firing the guns at the scene. the residence “while the child’s family was cleaning. in the backyard after the party, Miami-Dade police said.
The toddler was taken to hospital, where he “succumbed to his injuries,” police said.
Authorities were offering a reward of $ 15,000 for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the case.
Elijah, who would have turned four in a few days, was celebrating his birthday with another child, his family told local media.
Videos from the party show the children playing in a pool at the house, surrounded by colorful balloons.
Officers arrived at the scene after being alerted via the ShotSpotter system, a technology that listens to gunfire and is installed in nearly 100 U.S. cities.
A 21-year-old woman was also shot dead in the incident. Police recovered more than 60 bullets from the scene.
“I am completely devastated, I am disgusted,” said Miami-Dade County Police Department chief Alfredo Ramirez III, promising to invest every effort in solving the crime.
Young children are the victims of gun violence on a regular basis in the United States, where guns are common and where elected officials struggle to reach consensus around regulations.
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