4-year-old girl dies in Miami shooting, police say

Gunman turned himself in hours after shooting, authorities say

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor, Madeleine Wright - Reporter, Troy Blevins - Graham Media Group

MIAMI - A 4-year-old girl was killed in a shooting Saturday in the Liberty Square section of Miami, police said.

Officer Michael Vega, a spokesman for the Miami Police Department, said 4-year-old Nyla Jones was shot around 10 a.m. near Northwest 65th Street and Northwest 13th Court.

Officers were told that the 4-year-old that was shot had been taken to North Shore Medical Center in Pinewood by her mother, according to detectives.

Police said officers received more information moments later about an adult and another child who were injured by shattered glass. The child injured by glass was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital by Fire Rescue personnel for treatment.

The 4-year-old girl later died at the hospital, police said.

"My heart goes out to them. I'm from this community. It's a repeated cycle," neighbor Jermell Broughton said. "That's a hard pill to swallow, losing your child."

Police said the gunman drove away in a white Nissan with extensive front-end damage. The car was later found abandoned with its front airbags deployed near a dollar store about a mile from the site of the shooting.

The gunman, who was not identified, turned himself in around 1 p.m., police said. He is being questioned by detectives.

"It’s another unfortunate, senseless act of violence that needs to stop," Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said on Twitter. "People need to find other ways to resolve conflict aside from picking up a gun."

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