Fort Pierce Girl, 2, Dies From Shooting Injuries

A 2-year-old Florida girl who was shot in her home last week in a gang-related drive-by has died, according to Fort Pierce Police.

NBC affiliate WPTV reports that Ma'Keila Burkes was hit by gunfire last Monday night in one of several gang-related shootings.

Interim Fort Pierce Police Chief Frank Amandro said Ma'Keila was shot inside her  home by someone who fired an assault rifle from a car. Police believe the girl's father was the intended target.

Police were having a difficult time getting information from the community and released the girl's photo in hopes that it would encourage witnesses to come forward.

They also increased a reward from $1,000 to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of whoever was responsible for the shooting.

Police announced Sunday that Ma'Keila had died from her injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fort Pierce Police at (772) 467-6911 or (772) 828-0285.

Tipsters can also call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1 (800) 273-TIPS.

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