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South Fla. Girl, 4, Shot Dead in Car

The girl was shot in car filled with children and police are investigating who pulled the trigger



    Miami-Dade Police are investigating after a 4-year-old girl was shot inside a car Saturday night. Police spokesman Det. Roy Rutland and family friend Sonia Wheelers comment. (Published Sunday, March 31, 2013)

    South Florida Police are investigating after a 4-year-old girl died after she was shot inside a car Saturday night.

    The shooting happened just after 6 p.m. in Miami-Dade, as the girl was sitting in a parked Mercedes Benz with several other small children, police said.

    Somehow the girl, later identified as Rahquel Carr, was shot in her upper body. Carr was taken to Ryder Trauma Center where she later died, police said.

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    Police said it's unclear if one of the other children in the car was responsible for the shooting. An adult was nearby when the shooting happened, police said.

    Under Florida law, a firearm must be securely encased when in a vehicle. It is unclear where the firearm was located at the time of the shooting.

    "We will be looking at who this firearm belonged to, were the firearm was in the vehicle at the time, along with who was present when the gun was fired," said Miami-Dade Police spokesman Det. Roy Rutland.

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    No arrests have been made. Children were witnesses to the shooting and Miami-Dade Police will be forced to interview them, as well as many family members, Rutland said.

    "There's a lot of speculation right now as to who had that firearm at the time, but we're not in the business of speculating, we're in the business of facts," Rutland said.

    Distraught family members and friends arrived to the home Saturday night to give them support.

    "Someone called my daughter, and told her she got shot," said Sonia Wheelers, who said she is like a grandmother to the child. "It's horrible, it's sad."

    The shooting is still being investigated and the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department will be conducting an autopsy on the child, police said.

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