3-Year-Old Dies After Shot at Miami Birthday Party

Authorities in Florida say a 3-year-old boy was shot and killed and a woman was injured while attending a child’s birthday party over the weekend, The Hill reports.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said officers found 3-year-old Elijah LaFrance suffering from an apparent gunshot wound while responding to an alert from ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection system, late Saturday.

The officers immediately placed the toddler in their vehicle and drove him to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries, the department said in a statement.

As more officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a 21-year-old woman who also was shot and was taken to another hospital and said to be in a stable condition.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were attending a child’s birthday party at the residence, which is a short-term rental.  The subject fled in an unknown direction and remains at large,” police said.

The incident remains under investigation, according to police.

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