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3-year-old boy in critical condition after being shot in Minneapolis

It happened around 11 a.m., and police are actively investigating.

A 3-year-old is in critical condition after being shot while inside a home in north Minneapolis.

Police responded to a report of a medical situation and possible shooting at 11:03 a.m. Friday on the 2700 block of Thomas Avenue North, Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson John Elder said at a news conference.

According to Elder, officers arrived to find a 3-year-old boy "with a very serious gunshot wound." He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where, as of about 12:30 p.m., he is in critical condition.

While the investigation is still early, Elder said preliminary evidence indicates the gunshot may have come from inside the house. However it's too early to know for sure. He said there were "additional people" at the home at the time, but could not say who.

Elder was not able to provide any additional information about the scene or incident, though added nobody was in custody at the time of the news conference.

Six children under the age of 10 have been killed or wounded by gunshots in Minneapolis since late April. Between April 30 and May 17, three kids – 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr., 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith, and 6-year-old Aniya Allen – were struck in the head by gunfire.

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Allen and Ottoson-Smith died from their injuries, while Garrett remained in critical condition as of late June. Allen and Garrett were passengers in vehicles when they were shot; Ottoson-Smith was playing on a trampoline at a birthday party when she was shot.

Since the start of July, a 9-month-old baby was grazed by a bullet in north Minneapolis and a 3-year-old (separate from the 3-year-old in this story) was shot.

No arrests have been made in connection to any of the shootings. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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