Authorities who are seeking the public’s help in solving the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl Sunday increased the reward to $9,500 Tuesday, according to Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay.
Sunni Bell was riding in a silver sedan on East Hillsborough Avenue when police say a dark-colored vehicle drew up alongside the sedan and began firing into the car near North 43rd Street around 9 p.m. Sunday. The woman driving the silver sedan crashed into a pole, and later the woman realized that her 4-year-old daughter had been shot. Sunni was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died.
“My baby’s full of life. She was full of life,” Sunni’s grandmother, Drial Bell, told Spectrum Bay News 9 on Monday, as Sunni’s family and community members gathered together for a vigil. “It’s a baby! A 4-year-old baby.”
She called for justice for her granddaughter.
“We’re not here for charity or anything, none of that,” Bell said. “I just want justice — peace and for my family to have a peace of mind because it’s not fair. It’s not fair at all.”
Police released footage of the dark-colored car following the silver sedan and are asking those who have information about the shooting to come forward.
In addition to the reward of up to $5,000 that Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering, the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers and the Florida Office of Attorney General have partnered to offer a reward of up to $4,500, Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay said in a news release Tuesday.
The additional $4,500 is available through June 30, 2022. The tip must come through the Crime Stoppers program to be eligible for the reward, and the information has to lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect or suspects.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody joined the chorus of voices asking for tips on Wednesday, tweeting, “We need your help to bring the criminal who shot and killed 4-year-old Sunni Bell to justice.”
Crime Stoppers can be reached with tips at 800-873-TIPS (8477). Additionally, people can make anonymous tips at www.crimestopperstb.com or through the P3 Tips Mobile app.