Child, 4, shot dead and sibling fighting for life after shooting outside Subway

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A four-year-old child was shot dead and a sibling is fighting for their life after a tragic shooting inside a Subway parking lot.

The two siblings were found inside a car outside the restaurant in Florida, US.

There are reports that the children were brothers but this has not been confirmed yet by police.

Sheriff Steve Whidden told ABC news cops received a call at 3pm (8pm GMT) from Clewiston Police Department for assistance after a child was found shot near Berner Road in Florida.

The four-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the five-year-old was airlifted to a trauma centre fighting for their life.

Police investigating the tragic incident believe the shooting may have taken place inside the parking lot of the compound.

Cops are treating it as a homicide but are not ruling out the possibility it was accidental.

Sheriff Whidden is not sure if the incident was accidental or intentional.

Hendry County Major Crimes Unit is assisting local police in the investigation.

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Parents drove the child to the Hendry Regional Hospital who later died, police told local media.

"We are offering our sincerest condolences to the family of these young children," Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden said.

"We are determined to provide every resource available to us to conduct this investigation to determine how this tragedy could have occurred."

It comes as a toddler was shot dead in the state while attending his friend's birthday party.

Elijah LaFrance, 3, was tragically found by Miami-Dade police with gunshot wounds, and a woman, 21, was taken to Aventura Hospital but survived.

Police say the suspect fled the scene after shooting both the victims on April 24 and remain at large.

Neighbours say they heard a series of gunshots and a witness claims the suspect was holding a machine gun.

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