A Florida teenager who was shot early Tuesday morning on a school bus has died, reports NBC.
Lourdes Guzman, 13, died after being shot by another teenager as she was on the bus in Homestead, Fla., on her way to school.
She was shot at about 6:30 a.m. in front of her 7-year old sister and seven other schoolchildren. Lourdes was a student at the private Palm Glades Preparatory Academy. She was airlifted to a local Miami children’s hospital where she died.
The children on the bus were questioned by authorities. A 15-year old boy was arrested quickly after the shooting and charged with manslaughter.
“They were able to immediately determine that the shooting occurred inside the bus, and that the alleged shooter was also inside the bus,” Miami-Dade Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said at a press conference Tuesday. “He was immediately taken into custody. He was detained, placed in a police car. We were able to recover the firearm.”
He was found on the same bus after the shooting and the police recovered a weapon believed to be involved in the incident. No motive has been released and any relationship between the victim and the alleged shooter is still under investigation.
“It’s traumatic for them for what they had to witness to begin with, and now you’re going to have to question them to ask them exactly what they saw,” Zabaleta told CNN affiliate WPLG. “You know, it’s tragic. Anytime it deals with a child, and then, of course, when we get the phone call that they confirmed that she passed away, it’s very sad.”
Officer Alvaro Zabaleta told CNN, police have found no motive for the shooting.
Police have not stated which school the alleged shooter attends.