Horror: 7-year-old shot in head during Miami drive-by, taken off life support after being declared brain dead


Miami, Florida – A 7-year-old girl was recently taken off of life-support after a drive-by shooting in a Miami residential area left the young girl brain-dead after being shot in the head.

The shooting that brought about the young girl being declared as such and taken off of life-support also resulted in two adults and a 16-month old toddler being shot.

Police say that the shooting in question took place on the evening of July 25th in the Brownsville neighborhood, which doctors removed 7-year-old Alana Washington from life-support on July 27th. The toddler, identified as Alto Jacobs III, was said to have been shot in the thigh during the drive-by.

Luckily, the 16-month-old is reportedly in stable condition after the shooting.

The two children were both struck by the gunfire while they were actively exiting a parked vehicle outside of a home in the residential neighborhood. Details on the shooting is limited, but police say that a vehicle passed by the parked car and unleashed over a dozen rounds towards the car and residence.

A male subject inside of the residence was reported as having returned fire at the suspect’s vehicle.

The two adults struck with gunfire were said to be a 23-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man. Those two victims sustained wounds to the shoulder, torso and neck reportedly.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle took to Twitter to air her disgust with regard to the senseless violence that harmed children in Miami:

“To leave blood on our streets, particularly the blood of innocent young children, should outrage every resident [in Dade County]. My prosecutors & your police were on scene through the night gathering clues & information & 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. You may become an important lifesaver with just a few words.”

A witness to the shooting noted that they heard numerous shots, and immediately ran to help the four victims who were shot:

“I just seen the victim on the ground and I just ran to help. I just tried to stop the blood.”

There’s currently no information available on possible suspects involved in the shooting that took place on the 25th. Miami-Dade Commission Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson did announce that there is a $10,000 reward for any information that can lead to an arrest of the people involved in the drive-by.

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In other investigations involving children murdered, a recent case in Houston, Texas is rightfully shocking. 

Just about any parent of a baby will acknowledge that there are frustrating aspects of raising a child. However, sheriff’s deputies in Houston say a father lost his temper so much during his toddler’s potty training – that the father beat the child to death.

Harris County Sheriff’s deputies initially took 21-year-old Antonio Hicks Sr. into custody when his two-year-old son had to be admitted to the hospital after being allegedly beaten by him while trying to potty train his son.

Hicks was originally charged with injury to a child, but those charges are expected to be upgraded since the two-year-old, Antonio Hicks Jr., died from his sustained injuries on July 25th.

The day following the toddler’s death, friends and family members who knew and loved the child gathered for a vigil to remember and honor him. The likes of balloons, toy trucks, and action figures such as Iron Man and plushies from Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse were arranged around some lit candles.

The deceased’s uncle, Kali Brown, stated the following in the wake of baby Hicks’ death:

“We mattered to people when we were kids, so every kid should have at least a chance at life.”

This is currently a developing investigation. Please follow Law Enforcement Today to receive further updates on this case.


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