NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Efforts to find the person responsible, along with putting an end to gun violence, have intensified after the shooting of an 8-year-old girl in Northwest Miami-Dade.
Monday afternoon, community members and police officers desperately searching for the shooter responsible for leaving 8-year-old Jada Page in critical condition, her father hospitalized and her family devastated, converged on the street in front of the home of the child.
Police went throughout the neighborhood passing out flyers and searching for clues, Monday, the day after the shooting. “We’re tired of these thugs, gangsters, criminals or whatever you want to call them, that are running free. If they take a life, they need to serve life,” said one community member.
Pastors, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez and Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho were also on hand to call for an end to gun violence. “This is nonsense. This is violence,” said Perez. “This is things that we need to catch early on. We need what’s been mentioned here — we need the parents to step forward. The family, the friends that see this coming to say something. See something, say something. Call the police before it happens.”
“We can teach the kids the three R’s of reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmitic,” Carvalho said. “We need the community to show up and stand up and teach the three R’s or respect, responsibility and restraint. We need the bad seeds in our community to stay away from our community — to be removed from our streets.”
Officials said the code of silence needs to end in order for change to occur. “Silence is equal to complicity,” Carvalho said. “Those who know and are not saying anything are just as guilty as those who are pulling the trigger.”
Activist Tangela Sears empathizes with the Page family after losing her son to gun violence in 2015. She has a message for the shooters. “If you continue to roam out there, one day, your mother will sit in the same seat that I sat in,” she said. “To those cowards that’s out there, to those cowards, and to the parents that’s hiding those cowards out, your day will come.”
The flyers being passed out by police details the car police are searching for: a Ford Fusion of unknown year, black in color with dark tinted windows.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $24,000 reward.
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