BSO Seeks Information Surrounding Fatal Shooting of 13-Year-Old in North Lauderdale

BSO Seeks Information Surrounding Fatal Shooting of 13-Year-Old in North Lauderdale

Samyiah James of North Lauderdale. {BSO}

By Ryan Yousefi

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help locating a suspect who shot and killed a 13-year-old girl on August 21.

The victim, identified in a BSO press release as Samyiah James, 13, of North Lauderdale, was reportedly shot near the 7400 block of Southwest 12th Court around 10:42 p.m. by an unknown suspect. 

According to the Broward County Regional Communications, law enforcement authorities received a distress call reporting gunshots fired nearby the area. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived to discover young James with multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies began immediate life-saving efforts, and North Lauderdale Fire Rescue was summoned to provide additional medical assistance. Sadly, Samyiah James was pronounced deceased at 11:31 p.m.

In the wake of the incident, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Unit has announced it is conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. As of this writing, the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting remains unknown.

BSO asks anyone with potential leads, evidence, or information regarding the incident to come forward and assist in the investigation. Homicide Detective John McGlynn can be reached at 954-321-4208 for those willing to provide information.

Those who share tips anonymously may do so through the SaferWatch App or call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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Ryan Yousefi
Ryan Yousefi
Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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