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Minneapolis police bring smile to 12-year-old victim of gun violence

The boy was shot in the knee on Friday night.

A 12-year-old victim of gun violence in north Minneapolis got a promise and a pair of shoes from Minneapolis police officers on Monday. 

Jamar Williams was shot in the knee outside of his home in the Folwell neighborhood on Friday night. The family believes he may have been targeted after seeing a possible break-in across the street. 

He underwent surgery on Saturday and is now recovering at home with his left leg heavily wrapped in bandages and crutches to help him walk. 

On Monday, Minneapolis police officer Mike Kirchen delivered Williams a new bike – through the Bike Cops for Kids program – and dropped by a second time with a brand new pair of shoes from Foot Locker. 

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Officer Aaron Baird, the 4th Precinct inspector in charge of north Minneapolis, gave the family his cell phone number and promised that Minneapolis police is increasing its presence in the neighborhood as they continue to investigate the shooting. 

According to Phillipe Cunningham, a Minneapolis City Council member, the family does not feel safe in the neighborhood and is looking for help to find a new place to live for approximately $1,000 a month. 

No arrests have been made in the case. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the MPD Tip Line anonymously at 612-692-8477.

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