Dozens of kids ducked for cover as groups exchanged gunfire near football practice in Minneapolis

Two groups exchanged fire during a shootout on Monday.
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Dozens of youth football players ducked for cover as a barrage of bullets whizzed through the air as they practiced in north Minneapolis on Monday. 

Carrie Heinrich, a parent of a 12-year-old boy on the Minnesota Jays youth football team, described the harrowing experience in a Facebook video that now has more than 415,000 views. She said there were approximately 50 players, ages 5-14, coaches and families, including toddlers playing on a nearby playground at the time of the shootout. 

"When the gunfire started, there was mothers crying and screaming and trying to run to the playground to try and get the younger kids off the playgrounds, and the coaches were screaming at the boys to get down. The kids were out in an open field taking cover from gunfire," said Heinrich. 

She said bullets were being fired from a car toward a house near Jordan Park, which then escalated with the car coming "back around for more shots at the house," with the targets of the gunfire responding by getting into a car "and started shooting as well." 

"I could hear the bullets whizzing over my head. The worst feeling as a parent was seeing my kid lay out in the middle of an open field with bullets flying and not being able to get to him," Heinrich explained. 

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She said bullets were "pinging off the posts above the kids on the football field." Two bullets struck her truck as coaches jumped on the kids, willing to sacrifice themselves to protect the children. 

When the first round of gunfire stopped, the coaches had the kids run for cover behind a building. Then the shots rang out again.  

"They were ricocheting all around us. I could hear the swoosh of the bullets over my head going through the tree,' Heinrich recounted. 

The shots stopped momentarily, the coaches had the kids run behind a building for safety, then the shooting started again. 

"I will tell you, the people who did that shooting tonight, they have no regard for life. They don't give a shit. They didn't give a shit that there was 50 kids out there," said Heinrich.  

The shootout happened less than 24 hours and two blocks from where a 17-year-old boy was found fatally shot, with his body believed to have been left near 30th and Knox avenues. 

There were also two other shootings Monday in Minneapolis that left eight people shot, and a fatal stabbing at a bus stop in downtown Minneapolis. 

On Tuesday, Minneapolis police announced that there had been 111 people shot in the city since George Floyd died while in police custody on Memorial Day, May 25. 

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