MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old boy following a shooting at a downtown apartment Friday night.
Police say 1st Ward officers responded to the 300 block of Hennepin Avenue around 11:35 p.m. to a report of a shooting at a downtown apartment. Officers quickly located a 10-year-old boy with a life-threatening gunshot wound.
Police said officers immediately provided medical attention, including CPR, before the victim was taken to hospital. He later died in hospital.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim and another minor family member were alone and unattended inside the apartment when the shooting occurred.
Minneapolis police spokesman Garrett Parten called the child’s death “particularly impactful”, including for those who responded to the scene and tried to save the child’s life.
“We have two minors alone in a residence with access to a firearm, and that’s always a bad recipe. Always,” Parten said. “We urge any gun owner or anyone with guns in their home to take all necessary steps to secure those guns.”
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released a statement on Twitter Saturday morning.
“The news this morning is a tragedy. Period. I am in contact with MPD regarding the investigation and the department will share updates as they become available. What is and has been clear is that the community safety conversation must prominently address gun safety and gun control laws,” he said. “My heart goes out to the family and friends who mourn the loss of their young loved one.”
No arrests have been announced at this time and the death investigation is ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office for possible charges.
“We are going to do what we always do. Gather the evidence, gather the facts, then follow those facts wherever they take us,” Parten said.
The victim’s identity, cause and manner of death will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
It was the latest incident in a spate of violence in Minneapolis on Friday, including stabbings and gunshots that sent two people to the hospital.