16-year-old boy shot by police near Liberty City Elementary School

Injured teen suffered non-life threatening injuries, police say

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A 16-year-old boy was shot by police and another teenager was arrested Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County, authorities confirmed.

Sky 10 was above the scene in the area of Northwest 71st Street and 20th Avenue, near Liberty City Elementary School, around 2:45 p.m. when a teen in a hooded sweatshirt was handcuffed and led away by a police officer.

A black handgun could be seen on the ground a short distance away.

According to Miami-Dade police, officers responded to the area around 2:20 p.m. regarding reports of shots being fired.

Police said officers saw three teenage boys fleeing the area.

Authorities said one teen, who was armed with a gun, was immediately taken into custody and another teen, who was unarmed, was apprehended after a short foot chase.

Police identified the boy who was shot as 16-year-old Dedrick Lawrence. The teenager who arrested was identify as 15-year-old Joe Grace. Charges are pending against both teens, police said.

The third teenager was questioned, released and will not be charged.


Police said Lawrence was shot by police in the lower extremities. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"The subject that was shot was armed with a firearm," a representative from the Miami-Dade Police Department said. "At this point, this case is still under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement -- they do handle our police shootings -- to determine who fired, when they fired. That's still under investigation at this moment."

Authorities said the guns confiscated from the teens had been reported stolen.

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