A 3-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed Tuesday night in 4000 block of Drexel Avenue in Pine Hills. Daquane James Felix Jr. was in a house with about nine people when a rival gang opened fire sometime before 9:21 p.m.
According to the boy’s grandmother, Veronica Felix, Daquane was playing in the living room when she heard what sounded like firecrackers and discovered that Daquane had been shot in the head.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. There are several bullet holes in the front door, windows, and walls of the home.
“That’s a baby,” Felix’s uncle Dezmontae Adams said. “Anybody do that to the baby is, like, it’s crazy in this world. He a baby who didn’t do anything to nobody.”
The reports say that it was a drive-by shooting. The other family members saw a car speeding away after they heard gunshots. “It hurts bad. It hurts so bad,” Felix said. “I’m going to miss him.”
“But those are just two of the four drive-by shootings that have happened” since a gang attack in Pine Hills on July 7. “Each one we believe, our detectives believe, is an act of gang retaliation,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.