Crime

3-year-old OK after being shot in Liberty City

klepri@miamiherald.com

A man involved with a neighborhood dispute that had Miami police ducking fire on Sunday has been arrested.

Taken into custody Tuesday was Kenya Johnson, 16, who is suspected of shooting a 3-year-old child in Liberty City.

Johnson was charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder, one count of shooting into an occupied building, and one count of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

According to police, Johnson was arguing with a friend of the victim’s mother when he took out a handgun and fired repeatedly. The child, Ayanna Daniels, got caught in the crossfire while playing outside the apartment building at Northwest 12th Avenue and Northwest 62nd Street.

“We were just trying to run for cover and then we see all this blood everywhere,” Alquidiven Daniels, the victim’s stepfather, told CBS4 on Sunday.

Keira Wright, the child’s mother, noticed her daughter was hit once once inside their apartment.

“I see a big hole in her leg, her bone sticking out,” said Wright. “I busted out crying ‘someone call 911.’”

Police rushed to the scene and put the neighborhood on lockdown. Investigators said they had to dodge five minutes of gunfire before they could escort emergency responders in to rescue the little girl.

That section of Liberty City, in and around the Liberty Square housing project, has been hit particularly hard this year with violence. Through July, the Miami Herald documented 43 shootings just in that neighborhood.

Ayanna was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center with non-threatening injuries. She has since been released from surgery and is expected to be okay.

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