Teenage girl killed by stray bullet outside restaurant near MIA

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are seeking the public’s help in their search for the person responsible for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl outside of a restaurant near Miami International Airport.

Miami-Dade Police released a flyer on Monday stating that Ana Alvarez-Hernandez was found dead in the parking lot of 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, located at 1395 NW 57th Ave., sandwiched between the Dolphin Expressway and MIA, at around 2:45 a.m., Sunday.

The restaurant, which was closed at the time of the shooting, is known to be a popular hangout spot.

According to investigators, a fight broke out between two groups of males in the parking lot. During the scuffle, police said, one of the subjects retrieved a gun from a vehicle and opened fire on the other group.

Police said Alvarez-Hernandez was among those who ran to seek cover from the gunfire, but she was struck by a stray bullet.

Officers were not initially alerted about the shooting.

Instead, they were notified by staff at a nearby hospital once Alvarez-Hernandez arrived.

Officials said a friend of the victim took her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

School officials confirmed the girl was a Miami-Dade County Public Schools student but did not specify her school or grade.

MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho reacted to the deadly shooting, Tuesday morning.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the shooting.

A memorial service for Alvarez-Hernandez was held in Hialeah on Monday evening. Her family is currently making funeral arrangements.

Police have not provided continue to investigate.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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