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15-year-old girl hospitalized after being shot by teen

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15-year-old Ronniesha Hart. 15-year-old Ronniesha Hart.

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida teen has been arrested after being accused of shooting a teenage girl in the back, authorities said.

City of Miami Police and Miami Fire Rescue units responded to the area of 43rd Street and Northwest Second Avenue in Miami, at around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, 15-year-old Ronniesha Hart was shot by a teen male, believed to be 14 to 15 years of age.

At around 10 p.m., the teen was taken into police custody for questioning. After interviewing the teen and the victim, officers made the decision to arrest him. It is unknown what charges he will face at this time.

Witnesses said Ronniesha was in her front yard with some friends and her little sister, when the teen stopped by, waived the gun around and said, "Don't worry, it's on safety." The gun accidentally went off and a bullet pierced Ronniesha in the back.

Ronniesha's sister, Ronniya Hart, said her sister was able to get right back up after she was shot. "She was standing up. She was talking. She was like, 'You all don't cry. Be strong, don't cry,'" said Ronniya.

"I'm trying to get to the hospital to see my baby," said the victim's mother, NeNe Hart.

The mother of the victim said she is furious with the teen who shot her daughter. "I'm very angry. I'm very upset," she said.

After the shooting, Ronniya said the teen took off from the scene but was later taken into custody by police.

Ronniesha has a message for the teen who shot her sister. "Stop playing with guns 'cause it don't have eyes, and if it's on safety it can still go off," she said.

According to witness Darlene Durant, the teen was alert and talking. "I just heard the shots. That's it, and I heard the little girl started to cry, say her sister got shot, and that is when I went over there, and she got shot right in the back," said Durant. "She's OK. She went to he hospital, and she was talking and walking around."

Ronniesha was transported to the hospital and is listed in stable condition. She is expected to make a full recovery.

According to police, however, this shooting does not appear to be an accident, and they continue to investigate.


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