Police in Florida were looking into the shooting death of a three-year-old boy at his own birthday party on Tuesday.
As the child’s family cleaned up the yard after the group, “unknown subjects armed with assorted semi-automatic guns, including rifles” arrived on the scene and “began discharging the firearms towards the residence,” according to Miami-Dade police.
According to police, the toddler was rushed to the hospital and “succumbed to his injuries.”
A $15,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the case.
Elijah was celebrating his birthday with another brother, according to his family, who would have turned four in a few days.
The children are seen in videos from the party playing in a pool at the home, surrounded by colorful balloons.
Officers arrived on the scene after being warned by the ShotSpotter machine, which is mounted in nearly 100 American cities and listens for gunshots.
In the incident, a 21-year-old woman was also injured. On the scene, police discovered more than 60 bullets.
Chief Alfredo Ramirez III of the Miami-Dade County Police Department said, “I’m absolutely devastated, I’m disgusted,” and promised to put in every effort to solve the crime.
In the United States, where guns are popular and elected officials fail to reach a consensus on legislation, young children are often victims of gun violence.