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Miami-Dade Police Search for Suspect Who Fatally Shot 3-Year-Old at His Birthday Party

3-year-old Elijah LaFrance was killed in the Saturday night shooting that also left a 21-year-old woman injured

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Investigators are searching for a suspect after a three-year-old boy was shot and killed at his birthday party in Golden Glades Saturday night, police said.

Miami-Dade police identified the victim as Elijah LaFrance. Family members told NBC 6 the party was for him and his little sister.

A 21-year-old woman was also shot at the party but is expected to survive her injuries.

Police said some kind of altercation happened outside a short-term rental on Northeast 158th Street after 8 p.m. Someone then took out a gun and started shooting during the party.

A neighbor who lives right next to the house told NBC 6 they were home when the shooting happened and said that they heard 20 to 30 shots - one of which struck his car. He also said his roommate saw the man who did the shooting, but the roommate was not available to comment.

Elijah LaFrance was shot and killed at his own birthday party over the weekend. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports

"We will do everything we can to bring this murderer to justice & we must stand together to demand an end to this cycle of tragedy," Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava tweeted in part.

Police called the incident a "disgusting act of violence." Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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