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