A SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY has been shot dead while playing with friends in Pinewood, just north of Miami.
In a statement to CNN, the Miami-Dade Police Department said King Carter was killed on Saturday afternoon when “two unknown black males exited a dark four-door sedan and began shooting … The gunmen and driver then fled the complex in the vehicle in an unknown direction”.
Police are offering a $25,000 (about €22,000) reward for information related to the killing.
Miami-Dade police director Juan Perez told local news station WPLG: “Clearly, he’s not the target. He happened to be an innocent bystander, outside playing, doing what kids do.”
Hundreds of people attended a rally in his memory yesterday.
The Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade school Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told the crowd: “This is chipping away at the soul of our community, one child at a time. It shouldn’t be a crime to be a child in Miami.”
A tearful Santonio Carter, King’s father, told reporters: “He loves his daddy and I love my son.”