FLORIDA CITY, FLA. (WSVN) - - A teenage boy fatally shot his 13-year-old sister inside a Florida City home, Tuesday, in what police are calling an accidental shooting.
Miami-Dade Police said they received a 911 call about the shooting around 8:30 p.m. A MDPD spokesperson said the teenage boy and his friend were handling a gun when it went off, striking and killing the teenager’s sister.
“I just got a phone call and everybody was screaming and yelling,” said Quina Anderson, the victim’s step mother. “And they just said ‘She’s gone. She’s gone.'”
The 13-year-old, identified by family members as Rosie, was pronounced dead on the scene.
The shooting happened near the corner of Northwest 16th Street and 5th Avenue.
Rosie’s teacher was shocked after learning another one of her students died due to a gun. “This will be my third funeral in five years,” said Tamarell Valentine. “It hurts.”
Miami Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to Twitter, Wednesday morning.
The residents of the Northwest Miami-Dade neighborhood are shaken up and calling for community leaders to step up. “I think it’s time right now for the older men to give these younger gentlemen a path to follow,” said one local, Jean Noel. “Because at the ed of the day, it’s easier to find a gun then a job out here.”
Neighbors, who describe Rosie as a positive girl, can’t understand how the family is processing the teen’s death.
“It’s crazy that their family has to go through this tragic situation right now and deal with the loss,” said another local, Chill Will. “It probably hasn’t even settled in.”
The 13-year-old’s body was removed from the home early Wednesday morning.
According to Florida City Police, Miami-Dade Police homicide investigators have taken over the case.
The teenager’s brother was on scene speaking to detectives. Police have not said whether he will face charges.
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