Deputies ID 13-year-old girl killed in North Lauderdale shooting

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A 13-year-old girl was killed Monday night in a shooting in North Lauderdale, the Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday.

The shooting was reported around 10:22 p.m. near the 7400 block of Southwest 12th Court. A Local 10 News crew was at the scene as BSO deputies and fire rescue personnel were outside a house near Silver Lakes Middle School.

According to BSO, deputies responded to the scene and found a girl, later identified as Samyiah James, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Authorities said deputies immediately started life-saving measures until North Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded.

James was then airlifted to a local hospital, where she died at 11:31 p.m.

“Once the family was in my yard -- and they were screaming. I was asking, ‘What’s wrong?’ They’re like, ‘They shot my daughter,’” one resident who lives in the area said.

Noon report:

Neighbors told Local 10 News reporter Saira Anwer that James doesn’t live in the neighborhood, but was visiting a friend when she was shot.

Family members of James told Local 10 News that she was supposed to start 7th grade on Tuesday at Cypress Run Middle School.

“I did a hear where a pop happened, and then I heard swerving off, like a car,” one woman said.

BSO Homicide Unit detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies respond to a shooting on Monday night in North Lauderdale. (Copyright 2023 by WPLG - All rights reserved.)
A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy uses crime scene tape during a shooting investigation on Tuesday morning in North Lauderdale. (Copyright 2023 by WPLG - All rights reserved.)

Local 10 News Photojournalist Michael Kaneff and Assignment Desk Editor Wilson Louis contributed to this report.


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Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.