MIAMI — A 4-year-old girl was fatally shot while she sat in a car outside her grandfather’s Miami home, and detectives are trying to determine whether another child in the vehicle pulled the trigger, police said Sunday.
The children were waiting in a white Mercedes-Benz Saturday evening as an adult stood nearby in an impoverished neighborhood with scattered storefront churches and boarded-up businesses on the northern edge of Miami-Dade County.
Rahquel Carr was shot in the upper body with a handgun believed to have been fired from inside the vehicle, Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland said. The owner of the weapon and the car was not present and has not been charged.
At least two other children were in the vehicle at the time, all believed to have been younger than 10, Rutland said. Investigators were speaking with those children, which Rutland said was a delicate process because of their age.
‘‘We are interviewing those kids and we’re trying to ascertain if one of the other children shot the kid,’’ he said.
The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office will review the case to determine whether any charges will be filed. An autopsy will also be done to determine how many times the girl was shot, and where.
The adult who was standing nearby was not identified and has not been charged.