A reward of $11,000 is being offered for the arrest of two persons of interest in the Jacksonville shooting death of a 7-year-old girl.
Heydi Rivas-Villanuevas was shot while sitting in a car on 103rd when she was caught in the crossfire of a shooting, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. She died at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
The shooting was the latest in a string of shootings in Duval County. On Friday, a mother of three was gunned down while sitting in a drive-thru of a McDonald's on Baymeadows Drive.
Mayor Lenny Curry appeared with JSO Sheriff Mike Williams at a Sunday press conference. For a transcript of Sunday's conference, please click here.
"We’ve mourned with the family and today is really about identifying the people that did this," Curry said. "We use Crime Stoppers so our law enforcement to get these guys off the street and our state attorney can prosecute these guys for the terrible thing that they did in Jacksonville last night."
According to JSO, two men exchanged shots with an unknown number of occupants in a dark sedan, following a verbal altercation.
There was also a black Kia nearby, that police believe was also involved, JSO said.
The child was in a car with her sibling and father when she was hit in the head by a stray bullet, police said.
JSO said Heydi was "an innocent victim," waiting for her mother.
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Police have since released a photo of two "persons of interest."
JSO describes the two men as a black man wearing a white top, jeans that appeared to be acid washed, and a black man wearing maroon.
The two are believed to be in an early to mid 2000’s green Nissan Altima, according to police.
JSO and Crime Stoppers ask anyone with informatio nto come forward and call JSO at (904) 630-0500.
To remain anonymous, dial 1-866-845 TIPS. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for an $11,000 reward.
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