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16-year-old girl gunned down as rival groups argue in restaurant parking lot; 2 in custody, suspected gunman fled US: Cops

Authorities in Florida say two men have been arrested on suspicion of their involvement in a shooting that left a 16-year-old girl dead.

According to WFOR, the incident happened earlier this month in the parking lot outside of a restaurant near the Miami airport.

Investigators have since identified the victim as Ana Alvarez Hernandez. Three individuals have been identified as suspects, including two men arrested in recent days. Neither Loidel Gomez-Rouco nor Mario Pedro Conley-Hernandez are accused of actually pulling the trigger that killed Hernandez, though.

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Defense attorney Mario Conley Hernandez is representing Gomez-Rouco and contends his client was merely a “witness to a crime,” which does not make him guilty.

Investigators say all three men were involved in the altercation that resulted in the deadly gunfire and Gomez-Rouco is accused of serving as the getaway driver.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Argemis Colome said “two groups of males” were fighting when “at least one of them went to the car, grabbed a firearm and started shooting.”

Police say the weapon used was a rifle and the suspected gunman is believed to have fled the country, as reported by the Miami Herald.

The deceased victim was hit once and no one else was injured, police say, adding that no one involved reported the incident to police.

Gomez-Ruoco remained behind bars with bond set at $10,000 and Conley-Hernandezas of the latest updates available and Hernandez was being held without bond.

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[Featured image: Ana Alvarez-Hernandez/Miami-Dade Police, Loidel Gomez-Rouco and Mario Pedro Conley-Hernandez/Miami Dade Corrections]