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8-Year-Old Killed While Leaving Birthday Party

An 8-year-old Florida boy was shot and killed as he left a birthday party in Dania Beach, WFOR-TV reports.

Broward Sheriff’s spokewoman Veda Coleman-Wright said the shooting happened late Wednesday. Two of the child’s adult cousins were also shot and taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Their conditions are unknown at this time.

According to reports, the third grader lived with his grandmother, who reportedly collapsed behind crime scene tape when she arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting. Coleman-Wright says this was the fourth shooting in the neighborhood since Christmas. Deputies believe that two of the previous incidents may be related to this one.

“And have to deal with a child, an 8-year-old child who was a scholar athlete being shot at the hands of treacherous murderers is uncalled for, is reprehensible and the community is angry but they are scared so we really need some serious attention in Dania Beach right now,” said Rev. J.C. Howard, who spoke for the family and the community.

So far, no one is in custody.

“The shooting needs to stop. A child is dead and our detectives have been working around the clock trying to put this together, trying to get information, evidence, sworn statements, what they need to make an arrest in these cases so what we need from the community is not to be in fear but to come forward with information,” said Coleman-Wright.

Anyone with information can call Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.