MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – A young girl in her home was injured Monday after gunfire erupted nearby in an alley behind a Miami Gardens strip mall.

Velma Frances, the mother of the victim 13-year-old Nevilisha Frances, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that her daughter is going to be OK after being shot in the ankle.

“I was praying 10 minutes before this happened and it’s because of Gold almighty,” Frances told D’Oench.

She said her daughter was shot just before 9 PM Monday night after they had come back from a tennis court and were sitting on their porch.

“I have been living here for 18 years and now it is disgusting,” said Velma Frances. “It is time to move. There are shootings here and over there.”

Nevilisha Frances also told D’Oench that she was OK and was waiting for her mother to pick up her up at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital and take her home to Miami Gardens.

It happened behind the shopping plaza on NW 2nd Avenue near 204th Terrace.

Crime scene investigators found more than dozen bullet casings on the ground. One of the rounds went into a home behind the plaza and struck a 13-year old girl in the leg.

Thirteen-year-old Nevilisha Frances was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital by a family member.

“We’re not safe in our homes anymore. These criminals, their confidence is growing every day, it’s sad,” said Glenn Forshee.

Forshee’s daughter, Tequila, died in a very similar type shooting.

She was sitting on the floor of her grandmother’s Miami Gardens home having her hair braided before the start of school when bullets came flying into the residence from a shooting outside.

Forshee said these random shootings have to stop.

“Anything could have happened. That bullet instead of going to her leg, could have been her head, her chest, anything, it could have left her paralyzed for life,” said Forshee. “The violence in Miami Gardens has to stop. It’s growing by the day. She was in her home where she is supposed to be, again it’s the same situation that took my daughter’s life occurred again last night.”

“We need to stop this no snitching,” said Forshee. “I mean our homes aren’t safe. This is no longer violence in the street. This violence is at our door. It’s at our front door, knocking on the door.”

Chanae Forsheee, the aunt of tequila, said, “It’s disturbing because it is someone so young. That’s what we stand for, protecting the children of Miami Gardens. We stand for protecting the community of Miami Gardens.”

Nevilisha Frances told CBS4’s News partner, the Miami Herald, that her older brother had been shot three months ago and he believes he was the intended target this time. The newspaper said she was an 8th grader at the Somerset Academy in Miramar.

Miami Gardens Police Detective Michael Wright said police have no suspects. Police believe there were multiple shooters.


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