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Miami-Dade police offer $23G reward after stray bullet kills 2-year-old boy

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(Reuters)

Miami-Dade police are offering a $23,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy.

The child was believed to have been hit by a stray bullet during a shootout, the Miami Herald reported, citing a police report.

Carnelle Williams-Thomas was playing in the courtyard of his family’s public housing apartment complex in Southwest Miami-Dade when he was shot down, the Herald reported.

Miami-Dade police say that the boy was lying on the ground with a gunshot wound when officers arrived. A helicopter took the child to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Tonight, a family was robbed of the chance to ever hold their baby again because of someone’s blatant disregard for human life. Each child to become the victim of gun violence is a tragedy. But a toddler? When does it stop? Let this grieving family in our prayers.

— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) December 16, 2017

Residents of the apartment complex said Friday that the shootings are not new, and they are the fault of mismanagement, for the recurring incidents. Surveillance cameras on the property have reportedly not effective due to theft or vandalism.

A Miami lawyer who is suing the county on behalf of a man who was shot at the apartment complex three years ago, described it as “the wild West.”

The boy was the second recent deadly shooting in the city. Recently, Alicia Roundtree, 43, was hit with gunfire on her way home from work, in what the police called a random shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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