16-year-old boy killed in shooting at northwest Miami-Dade apartment complex

Sources say victim was recently taken into custody for involvement in separate shooting

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade police are investigating after a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot late Tuesday night at an apartment complex.

A Local 10 News crew was at the North Park at Scott Carver apartment complex in the area of Northwest 74th Street and 23rd Court early Wednesday morning as Miami-Dade police took photos of the scene.

A yellow tarp was seen covering the victim’s body on the ground outside.

“You know, it’s something horrible -- something that you don’t expect everyday,” Fernando Gonzalez, who lives at the complex, said. “I’ve been living here for about four or five years now. I live here with my kids and, you know, it’s tragic, it’s sad.”

Police confirmed that the shooting occurred shortly before midnight. Officers responded to the scene after receiving a ShotSpotter alert.

“My kids are small and they’re growing, and waking up everyday and having them come outside and just – maybe they’re not fully understanding, but just seeing a scene like this is nothing you want to put in a kid’s mind,” Gonzalez said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The 16-year-old was known to police due to previous shootings. Sources say he was recently taken into custody for his involvement in a separate shooting.

The victim’s body has been transported to the medical examiner’s office.

Tow trucks, meanwhile, picked up several stolen cars from the neighborhood. How they’re connected to the fatal shooting Tuesday is still unclear.

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