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Community responds to shooting of infant and toddler

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Dozens of people gathered at an intersection in North Minneapolis on Friday and Saturday to mourn, pray and protest gun violence.

They were there to honor a  2-year old and a 15 month-old who were hit by stray bullets while riding in the car with their father on Friday. The toddler died while the baby has been released from the hospital and is expected to recover from non-life threatening injuries.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed Sunday night that the 2 year-old died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

MPR and the Star Tribune reported on Friday's gatherings. People also gathered in front of the North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale where the 2 year-old died, according to reports.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges visited the hospital, said MPR.

A memorial has grown at the site of the shooting, said KSTP. You can read their interview with the mother and aunt of the children here.

Demonstrations continued on Saturday, according to the Star Tribune and WCCO. People held signs asking drivers to "honk for peace" – and for an end to gun violence.

The police believe the shooting was between two groups of people who knew each other. No arrests have been made yet.

"I want justice for my baby and my son," Le'vonte King Jason Jones – the victims' mother – told KSTP.

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