Miami-Dade County

16-year-old boy shot in arm in Southwest Miami-Dade

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the right elbow in South Miami-Dade Tuesday night after police say three teens rode up on bicycles and began shooting. The suspects fled.

The teen, Sherill Christmas, was transported to Homestead Hospital and was in stable condition Tuesday night.

Miami Dade Police Spokeswoman Robin Pinkard said Sherill was on a bicycle about 8:50 p.m. near Southwest 216th Street and 114th Court. After being shot, he ran into a nearby home of his friend.

Dorothy Evans said her grandson, his friend, ran into their home screaming, “They’re shooting.’’

Sherrill came into the home, bleeding and in pain. Evans called 911.

“You can’t even go outside without thinking you are going to get shot,’’ she said.

The shooting was the latest in a string of teens and children who have been shot the past year in the southwest and northwest sections of the county.The shootings have drawn the ire of residents, activists, school officials and elected leaders.

On Saturday, 6-year-old King Carter, a first-grader at Van E. Blanton Elementary, was shot and killed as he played with friends outside his apartment in Blue Lake Village, at Northwest 103rd Lane and 12th Avenue. He was caught in the crossfire of a group who had returned for revenge after getting into an argument with others in the apartment complex a day earlier. A witness said three men in a dark, four-door sedan pulled up and began shooting on Saturday afternoon.

In Miami-Dade County, at least three teens have been murdered so far this year, including a 15-year-old whose lifeless body was photographed and videoed by bystanders. In the previous three years, about 100 kids and teenagers have been killed by gunfire. Many more have been shot and survived.