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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was hospitalized after being shot three times in the torso Monday night in South Miami-Dade County, police said.

According to the Miami Herald (, Eric Watson Jr. was able to talk with medics when they arrived after the 7:30 p.m. shooting in the Homestead area, about 28 miles southwest of Miami, Det. Marjorie Eloi said.

Investigators were trying to determine a motive for the shooting. The teen had been outside with friends; he was visiting his grandmother, Eloi said.

The shooting happened the day after a 7-year-old boy was fatally shot in Richmond Heights, also in South Miami-Dade. Investigators do not believe they are connected. It is the latest in a string of Miami-Dade shootings with victims who are children or teens.

“It’s becoming heartbreaking to … continuously come out and speak about these shootings involving children,” Eloi said. “Every phone call, our hearts sink. It’s becoming a nightmare to us.”

This story has been corrected to show the victim is 13-years-old, not 12-years-old.