6-Year-Old Girl Killed in Weekend Shooting After Birthday Party in Miami

Chassidy Saunders died Saturday after a shooting along NW 6th Place near 54th Street

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A memorial of balloons, candles and flowers now marks where a six-year-old girl was shot this weekend as she left a friend’s birthday party in Miami.

Paramedics rushed Chassidy Saunders to Ryder Trauma Center, where she died. Two adults were also injured and are recovering at the hospital.

"She was a diva, a real diva," said the child's grandmother, Sheri Cullins. "She loved lipstick, makeup, and hair and nails and lip gloss."

Miami Police say the shooting happened around 7 p.m. Saturday, but so far no arrests have been made.

”When I came outside, I seen the little girl on the floor. The lady was holding her trying to comfort her. She was scared and you could hear the little girl crying,” said one neighbor, who heard the gunshots.

Neighbors said it was a chaotic scene, with children and their families leaving a two-year-old’s birthday party when the shooting started. They told NBC 6 they heard as many as 20 gunshots, adding that it sounded like more than one gun was used.

Chassidy Saunders died Saturday after a shooting along NW 6th Place near 54th Street

”I cried, it was sad. She’s a baby, an innocent baby. She didn’t do anything to anybody,” said James Sweet, who lives down the street from the scene.

Police are investigating the crime. Anyone with information that can help them make an arrest call is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477). Investigators are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter or shooters in this case.

“If you know anything out there, people, please, please, justice for my grandchild please," Cullins said.

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