Minneapolis police say a juvenile is in critical condition after the vehicle he was riding in was struck by gunfire on Friday afternoon.
The incident occurred just before 2 p.m. in the area of the 3400 block of Morgan Avenue North, according to a statement released by the city’s Office of Police Information. Police were en route to the location following a Shotspotter activation when information was received that a car had just arrived at North Memorial Medical Center with a child suffering from a gunshot wound. The child was reported to be in very critical condition.
A preliminary investigation indicated that the vehicle the child was riding in was shot at by a person, or persons, outside of the vehicle. The driver immediately drove to the hospital for help, the statement said.
Due to the severity of the injuries, homicide investigators responded to the scene of the shots and to the hospital for their investigation, and the Minneapolis Police Department’s Crime Lab responded to scene to collect evidence.
In an afternoon press conference, police spokesperson John Elder indicated that a “massive amount of rounds” were fired in the incident. A piece of audio posted online Friday afternoon purported to be the sound of shots fired during the incident and appears to confirm Elder’s statement.
The child was allegedly shot in the back of the head after a bullet came through the trunk.
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Family members have reportedly identified the child as being 11 years old.
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