Rachel Carr 4-Year-Old girl killed by handgun inside car in Miami

A 6-year-old boy who was found with the weapon

Rachel Carr 4-Year-Old girl killed by handgun inside car
4-year-old Rahquel Carr was sitting in a car in front of her grandparent’s home Saturday.  Today she is in a Northwest Miami-Dade Morgue.

She was sitting inside a Mecedes Benz and suffered a gunshot wound to her upper torso.  She was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, but died late Saturday night.  The owner of the vehicle has not been identified.  It has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s offices.

Few details have been released, but the focus of the investigation is on a 6-year-old boy who was found with the weapon.  Investigators want to know if the gun was stored in the vehicle, or if it was brought into the vehicle by the child.

Florida law requires that a weapon must be securely encased inside a vehicle.

“We will be looking at who this firearm belonged to, were the firearm was in the vehicle at the time, along with who was present when the gun was fired,” said Miami-Dade Police spokesman Det. Roy Rutland.

The girl’s death proved too much for her grandfather, Willie Carr 57, who was also taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital after he collapsed Saturday night.

“Willie loved her so much,” said next-door neighbor Michael Hardaway. “He couldn’t handle what was happening…”

Women and children comprise the great majority of all individuals who suffer injury and death from handguns.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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