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Shooting leaves 9-year-old critical and 2 teens seriously injured, police say

A 9-year-old boy remained in critical condition and two teenagers are in stable condition after a shooting in the Goulds neighborhood Sunday afternoon.
A 9-year-old boy remained in critical condition and two teenagers are in stable condition after a shooting in the Goulds neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A shooting in the Goulds neighborhood has left two teens and a young boy injured.

Miami-Dade Police responded Sunday afternoon to the courtyard of a residential community regarding several people shot near Southwest 216th Street and Southwest 113th Avenue, just north of Goulds Park.

When police arrived around 3 p.m., they said they discovered three male shooting victims — a 9, 14 and 17-year-old.

Detective Khristopher Welch of the Miami-Dade Police department said: “We should all be outraged at the fact that three juveniles were shot at in this area and in Miami Dade County.”

According to police, the 9-year-old boy was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center in critical condition, the 14-year-old was transported by ground to the same hospital, and the 17-year-old was taken to Jackson South Medical Center — both were in stable condition.

Police have not said how the shooting happened. Investigators spent several hours in the neighborhood on Sunday questioning possible witnesses and collecting evidence. Detectives did say that the key to solving the case will come from neighbors and other people who were in the area when the shooting happened.

“At this point in time, we don’t have a lot of information, so we’re going to require the community’s assistance in providing additional information,” Welch said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at (305) 471-8477.

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About the Authors:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.