Florida boy, 8, fatally shot walking home from birthday party

8-year-old Rashid Cunningham, courtesy NBC Miami
8-year-old Rashid Cunningham, courtesy NBC Miami

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP/WFLA) – 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. Family identified the boy as 8-year-old Rashid Cunningham, a third grader known as “Little Foot,” according to NBC Miami.

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.

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.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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