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Three-year-old boy dies after being shot at his own birthday party in Miami
On Tuesday police were actively seeking information about the death of a 3-year-old boy who was shot to death during his own birthday party in Florida.
Little Elijah LaFrance was probably killed by a stray bullet last Saturday at the end of the party in the Miami suburbs, when individuals “equipped with various semiautomatic weapons, including a rifle” opened fire on the house, while his parents and other members of his family were “cleaning the garden,” police said.
The boy “was taken to hospital, where he died from his injuries,” he said. The reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects was raised to $ 15,000 on Monday.
Elijah, who would be 4 years old in a few days, was celebrating his birthday with another child, according to his relatives cited by local media. Videos from the birthday party show young children having fun in the house’s pool, surrounded by colorful balloons.
Agents went to the scene after an alert was sent by the ShotSpotter system, an acoustic technology that can detect gunshots and is installed in nearly 100 US cities.
A 21-year-old woman was also injured in the shooting. Police found more than 60 cartridges at the scene. “I am really devastated, I am disgusted,” said Alfredo Ramirez III, the Miami-Dade County Police Chief, promising to find the perpetrators of this crime.