A nine-month-old child was injured by a stray bullet in North Minneapolis Friday evening, according to city police.
The shots were reported at approximately 6:43 p.m. in the area of North Colfax Avenue and 34th Avenue. Police were alerted via ShotSpotter and subsequent 911 callers reporting that a person in a vehicle had been shot and was on their way to the hospital, which turned out to be North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
That person turned out to be the baby, who suffered a graze wound to an extremity, with the injury deemed to be non-life threatening.
Police are now working to learn if the vehicle the baby was in was targeted in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or submit an anonymous tip online at CrimeStoppersMN.org.
Bullets have now wounded four children under the age of 10 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.
Allen and Ottoson-Smith died from their injuries, while Garrett remains in critical condition. 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.
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.