HOMESTEAD, Fla. - A 13-year-old girl was shot and killed on a Homestead school bus Tuesday morning. The alleged shooter is a male student who was riding on the bus, his identity has not been released.
It's not clear if the gun accidentally discharged or was fired on purpose. A firearm was recovered from the scene.
The victim was airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead. She has not been identified but police said she was at student at Palm Glades Preparatory Academy.
The shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. at 137th Avenue near 288th Street. 137th Avenue remains shut down this afternoon.
9 children were on the bus at the time, including the victim's 7-year-old sister. Investigators are now speaking to them and the bus driver.
Parents with students on the bus rushed to see if they were ok.
"It is scary to find out your kids are in this, you never expect it. You expect them to go to school safe," says Maria Romero, who was visibly shaken.
"We're dealing with small children so the questioning process is going to be a lot different... they're already shaken up of course with what they just had to witness and on top of that you have to question them. So, this is going to take a very slow and tedious process, we have to take into account these are children we're talking to," said Alvaro Zabaleta, Miami-Dade County Police Public Information Officer.
Several parents went to pick up their kids at Palm Glades school early when they heard the news.
"When I heard it gave me chills up my body that a 13 year old would lose her life like that, it was heart wrenching," says Rynell Atkins, parent of a Palm Glades student.
Parents say they're not sure if they'll send their kids to school tomorrow - right now they're too shaken up.
A representative from the Yelimar and Portieles bus company was on scene but refused to make a statement.
Homestead Police turned the investigation over to Miami-Dade Police because Homestead does not have a Homicide Unit.
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