6-year-old Miami boy killed in drive-by shooting

Posted at 5:22 AM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 05:22:15-05

A 6-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday afternoon while playing outside an apartment in northwest Miami-Dade, police said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department identified the boy in a news release as King Carter, who was in the first grade at a local elementary school.

Miami-Dade County Police and Fire Rescue responded to reports of a shooting at the 1200 block of northeast 103rd lane.

Investigators said Carter and other children were playing outside the apartments when two men got out of a dark four-door sedan and opened fire. It's not clear who was the intended target, but Carter was hit and transported to Jackson Ryder Memorial Center, where he later died.

Police say the two shooters got back in the car and sped off. Witnesses said a third person was driving the car.

Police were also investigating a drive-by shooting near Van. E. Blanton Elementary School located at 10327 NW 11th Ave.

An anti-violence vigil was held Sunday at the apartment complex. The vigil included impassioned statements by the boy's father and community leaders.

“I ran everywhere around asking where is King?  And me, I had to find my son with his eyes open. Me! I found my son, man,” said Santonio Carter, the young boy's father.

Miami Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime also spoke out: "Please tell us that you saw something.  Tell the police department that you want to be a part of solving this problem.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged call police or crime stoppers 305-471-TIPS.

If the tip leads to the arrest of the suspect(s), the tipster may be eligible for a reward. The reward has been increased to up to $25,000. All calls are kept strictly anonymous

Courtesy of our news partner at NBCMiami