A 13-year-old girl was shot and killed Tuesday evening when police say a gun accidentally went off at a home in Florida City, and her brother is one of two people who have been arrested in that shooting.
Miami-Dade Police officials say they got a call from the victim's brother who stated that he had shot the teen, Tedra King. Fire Rescue crews attempted to help her, but King died at the scene.
The 17-year-old brother, who police identified as Martaevious Santiago, had pointed the gun at King's head and pulled the trigger as she turned to walk away from him, according to police. Officials said it was Santiago's birthday and they were playing around.
Santiago was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter and possession of a weapon during a felony.
Police say the weapon was given to the shooter by a 14-year-old who was charged on an outstanding delinquency warrant.
King's stepfather said he was home at the time and heard screaming but not the fatal shot.
"I didn't hear anything in my back room, it happened in my living room, the wall blocked everything out," Vernon Williams said. "I didn't hear the gun shot, just a lot of screaming."
Williams said he didn't understand how the teens got a gun.
"That's just it, I don't know, there's no weapons in my home, I don't know, I don't know," Williams said.
Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to Twitter early Wednesday morning, shortly after news broke of yet another shooting involving a student:
Crisis teams will be at Homestead Middle School, where the victim attended, Wednesday to help students in dealing with the news.
A recent survey from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence shows that one in every three homes with children have a gun in them - with 42 percent of parents keeping at least one gun unlocked and 25 percent keeping their gun loaded.
The survey also reports nine children and teens are shot every day in accidents - putting the number at over 3,000 shot each year.