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Police: 8-year-old shot, caught in crossfire of midday shooting in Opa-locka

Police say a child was shot in broad daylight in Opa-locka.
Police say a child was shot in broad daylight in Opa-locka.

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – A child was shot in broad daylight on Saturday in Opa-locka.

According to police, two people were shooting at each other and an 8-year-old child was caught in the crossfire.

“The conflict happened ini the middle of the field where the kids play at,” said Latrice Harris, the boy’s aunt.

It happened early Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Dunad Avenue and Fisherman Street.

The child was shot in the area of their lower back or buttocks, Opa-locka police said.

“The bullet went in and exited out, so he is doing okay,” Harris said.

First responders rushed the child to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition, according to police.

Officers said they took two persons of interest into custody but did not reveal any additional information about the investigation.

“They’re shooting and making everybody a casualty of their war,” Harris said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.