Homestead - South Dade

13-year-old boy shot in South Miami-Dade

A 13-year-old boy was hospitalized after being shot three times in the torso Monday night in South Miami-Dade County, police said.

Eric Watson Jr. was able to talk with medics when they arrived after the 7:30 p.m. shooting at 13624 SW 263rd Ter., Det. Marjorie Eloi said.

Investigators were trying to determine a motive for the shooting. The teen had been outside with friends; he was visiting his grandmother, Eloi said.

The shooting happened the day after a 7-year-old boy was fatally shot in Richmond Heights, also in South Miami-Dade. Investigators do not believe they are connected. It is the latest in a string of Miami-Dade shootings with victims who are children or teens.

“It’s becoming heartbreaking to ... continuously come out and speak about these shootings involving children,” Eloi said. “Every phone call, our hearts sink. It’s becoming a nightmare for us.”