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Police chase leads, killer of 5-year-old

Police are seeking the killer of a 5-year-old boy who was shot while sleeping on a couch in a north Minneapolis home Tuesday morning. The gunman sprayed the house with bullets and fled, police say. It was exactly six months to the day that 3-year-old Terrell Mayes Jr. was shot by a bullet that was fired into his home.
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The mother of 5-year-old Nizzel Banks, shot in the back as he slept on a couch in a north Minneapolis home that was sprayed with bullets on Tuesday morning, is trying to fathom the fate her son met.

"They took my hero," said Banks, 20, in a Star Tribune story. "They took my 5-year-old hero. Are they happy now?"

Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan in the Pioneer Press said police were already making progress in the case and getting help in the neighborhood.

Dolan said his department served two warrants overnight, the Star Tribune reports. He also said he fears street justice.

Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels, who represents the north side, says the home where Nizzel was killed was apparently targeted. He told WCCO’s Chad Hartman that the shooting resulted from a dispute between a few young people, one of whom was in the home where George was killed.

Local media noted that Nizzel's death was exactly six months after Terrell Mayes Jr., 3, was shot and killed inside his north Minneapolis home by a stray bullet. The shooter in that case has not been found.

KARE 11 visited the vigil held for Nizzel Tuesday night:

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