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Authorities provide update on shooting death of 7-year-old

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Posted at 3:00 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 11:05:37-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) - Authorities providing update on shooting that killed 7-year-old Florida girl.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says that they have identified two suspects in the shooting:


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Leaders and residents say they're frustrated by the kind of violence that killed a 7-year-old Florida girl, as officials offer an $11,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told news outlets Sunday that a stray bullet struck Heydi Rivas Villanueva during crossfire of a gun battle between two groups in a parking lot. She was sitting in a car with her father and a sibling waiting for her mother to get off work at a nearby restaurant.

Police say two groups of men began shooting nearby and a bullet struck the child. The gunmen fled. A good Samaritan drove the child and her father to a nearby hospital. She died a short time later.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted, "This is heartbreaking."

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