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13-year-old shot during Super Bowl party in Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens police are investigating after a teenager was shot in a drive-by.
Miami Gardens police are investigating after a teenager was shot in a drive-by. cteproff@miamiherald.com

A Super Bowl party was interrupted by gunfire Sunday night, leaving a 13-year-old boy wounded and other children running for cover.

Around 7:30 p.m., adults and children sat playing dominoes in the yard of a Miami Gardens home, watching the game on a TV screen they had set up outside for the party.

Nikisa Smith, who was hosting the party, said she had left for a few minutes when she got a call that her house in the 3700 block of Northwest 213th Street had been shot up.

The mother of 10 rushed home.

Smith said that when the shots rang out, her husband shielded their baby and the children ran inside.

“They had to run for their life,” Smith said.

Police had the street blocked off near 37th Avenue as officers gathered evidence. At least 20 evidence markers sat in the road.

A black SUV had at least two gunshot holes, one of which shattered the front windshield. Another car had a bullet hole in the front passenger side door.

Smith said the teen who was shot was a friend of one of her children. She said he had been taken to the hospital but was doing OK.

Miami Gardens Police confirmed the victim, whom they did not identify, had non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses believed the shooter was on a bicycle. It was unclear if there was more than one shooter, and police would not confirm the number of suspects.

The yard that was decorated with football balloons and a poster that said “Touchdown” sat empty while the game continued on the TV in the background.

A pair of shoes sat on the sidewalk, left behind by one of the frightened children who ran.

Neighbor Luigui Esteban said he was sitting inside his house next door when he heard 15 to 20 shots back to back. He came outside and saw his uncle’s car had a bullet hole.

Smith said it wasn’t the first time her house had been shot at. She said it’s possible the violence stems from a fight her 17-year-old son had more than a year ago.

“Life is too short,” Smith said.

The mother had a strong message for the shooter.

“My kids deserve to live,” Smith said. “Leave my child alone.”

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