12-year-old boy shot on the north side of Minneapolis

It happened in the Folwell neighborhood on Friday night.
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A 12-year-old boy was shot in the leg in north Minneapolis on Friday.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder tells BMTN that officers received reports of a shooting around 10:20 p.m. on the 3400 block of Irving Avenue North, but when they arrived on the scene there were no victims. 

A short time later, police were informed that a 12-year-old boy had been taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale after being struck by a bullet.

Whether the boy was targeted is unclear, but the child's stepfather told FOX 9 that someone shot at the boy because he witnessed a break-in across the street.

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Phillipe Cunningham, the Ward 4 council member in Minneapolis, posted on Facebook that the boy took a bullet to the knee and faces a lengthy recovery after undergoing surgery.

"It breaks my heart to share a 12 year old was hit in the knee by a stray bullet last night in Folwell," Cunningham posted. "This horrendous situation, however, is not the end-all-be-all of it. Now is the time for us to show our Northside neighborly love and gather around this family."

Investigators have worked through the weekend and will continue to do so, but no arrests have been made. 

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