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Broward County boy fatally shot walking home from birthday party

Posted at 9:13 AM, Dec 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-29 09:22:51-05

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say an 8-year-old boy was fatally shot while walking home from a birthday party near his South Florida home.

Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright tells local news outlets the shooting happened Wednesday evening in Dania Beach, adding two of the boy's adult cousins also were shot. They were taken to hospitals and their conditions weren't available early Thursday.

Coleman-Wright says it was the fourth shooting in the neighborhood since Christmas and added deputies believe that two of the previous incidents may be related to this one.

NBC 6 in Miami reported that the family identified the slain boy as 8-year-old Rashid Cunningham. Known as "Little Foot," Cunningham was a third-grade student at Collins Elementary School.

Television stations report that the child's grandmother collapsed behind crime scene tape when she arrived shortly after the shooting.

No arrests were reported and further details weren't immediately available. Investigators appealed to anyone with information about the shootings to contact them.