NBC10 - Monique Braxton
Rita's Water Ice was the location of tragedy this weekend. A small child was killed outside the establishment.
A three-year-old girl was killed after a security gate at Rita's Water Ice in Philadelphia came crashing down on her Saturday afternoon.
Wynter Larkin was standing outside a Rita's location at 2829 Girard Ave. in Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood around 4 p.m. when the accident occurred, according to reports.
An ambulance rushed the girl to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:02 p.m., according to officials.
Police say Wynter was with her mother, Cheryl Larkin, attending a fundraising event for the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority when the tragedy occurred.
Neighbors tell NBC10 issues with the gate's ability to lock to the frame have been apparent for some time.
Officials with Philadelphia's Licenses and Inspections arrived on the scene shortly after the deadly accident and shut down the Rita's. An investigation is underway.
Maintenance, care and inspections of roll down security gates are the responsibility of the property owner, according to City of Philadelphia property codes.
Property records list P&G Development as the owner. Attempts to reach P&G were unsuccessful.
L&I officials say they inspect these gates if they receive complaints of apparent defects. There are no open violations, and there is no violation history related to the gate, according to L&I.
Rita's Italian Ice, the shop's parent company, released a statement about the crash.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the child's family," said Rita's spokeswoman Linda Duke. "Due to the current investigation we really cannot comment about the unfortunate incident."