Baby shot in north Mpls [UPDATES]

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The Strib reports that the shooting happened outside this residence at 2413 Emerson Avenue North.
-- Original post published September 6 at 10:31 a.m.; updates at bottom --

Last night, a two-month-old baby was hit in the neck by a stray bullet outside a house on the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue North.

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Here's what an MPD news release says about the incident:
Around 9:00pm this evening, Minneapolis Police responded to a 911 call of a shooting in the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue North. When officers arrived they found an adult male holding his son, a 2-month-old baby boy, who had been struck in the neck area by a bullet. The baby was transported to HCMC and is listed in critical condition at this time. The investigation is ongoing and the MPD will provide an update when information is available.
This latest troubling development comes in a year when violent crime on the North Side is significantly up compared to last year.

City Council Member Don Samuels told the Star Tribune that last night's shooting "is a gun problem."

"There is no city in America where enough police officers have been hired and social programs have been established where 2-year-olds don't get killed," he said. "This was a gun, a bullet, a missile that was shot from a safe distance for the perpetrator and into the neck of a child, with no warning and no defense possible. It's a gun problem... Legislators should be standing out here tonight."

:::: UPDATE ::::

The MPD is now saying that the shooting was an accident. From a release distributed by police moments ago:
After working throughout the night, investigators have learned that the preliminary information that police were given was not truthful. After re-interviewing the father of the victim, police have now learned that this incident occurred inside the house at 2413 Emerson Avenue North. The baby's uncle, a juvenile male, was also present at this house and was in the possession of a gun. Shortly before 9:00pm, the juvenile male accidentally discharged his gun, striking the baby. The juvenile then fled the scene and investigators are currently working to locate him. Investigators believe that this was an accidental shooting, no other suspects are being sought and the public is not a risk. The investigation continues.
:::: UPDATE II ::::

The MPD is reporting that an arrest has been made in connection with the shooting:
Early this morning, around 1:00 a.m., the 17-year-old juvenile male wanted in connection for this shooting, turned himself in to investigators at City Hall. He was arrested and is in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center. The investigation continues and charges are pending.
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torchmom
torchmom

It's not a gun problem,it's a criminal problem! Idiot!

(Don Samuels)

Aricka Sundstrom
Aricka Sundstrom

More guns would definitely help with situations like this.

Sheepy T. Sheep
Sheepy T. Sheep

I think it does matter. The shooter was in the house and a member of the family. That is not the same as someone outside trying to shoot someone else and hitting someone inside the house. Yes, they are both awful, but the father of the child took actions that upset the whole neighborhood instead of insisting the shooter take responsibility for his actions.

Celeste Levie
Celeste Levie

Really? I thought a stray bullet was any bullet that didn't hit it's intended target. Even if there was no "target." Do the semantics really matter? Somebody was injured by a gun shooting a bullet. End of story.

Celeste Levie
Celeste Levie

So, what makes you think you're now qualified and welcome to insert your opinion? You ditched, isn't that enough? You're welcome to become involved in your new community. You're welcome to let those of us with the courage to remain here in NoMi to work out our own issues without your interference. Yep. You're no longer one of us. You abdicated your right to interfere. You know?

Duane Atter
Duane Atter

The city and the "landlord" should bear responsibility for this too for not enforcing the law. The article states that the people in the house rented. There is no rental license on file for this address. Another slumlord makes NoMi unsafe.

kennyX
kennyX

No, it is not a "gun" problem. It is a "person" problem. Even though this was an accident, the fault does not lie with the gun, but rather the person who had the gun. 

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

I highly doubt that the firearm in question was procured through legal means, which renders all of the anti-gun propaganda irrelevant.


Gen Evieve
Gen Evieve

oh North Minneapolis... by all means now would be a good time to break those stereotypes...

Michael Lindee
Michael Lindee

I'm glad my family and I moved out of Mpls few years ago. Place is getting worse and worse by the day.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@torchmom The NRA does everything they can to make sure scumbags that sell guns to criminals don't get in trouble.  Evil stupid scum like you that support the NRA have blood on their hands.  This is your evil stupidity at work.  The NRA makes it easy for children to get illegal guns.   They are the scum of the planet. 

youstoopid
youstoopid

@Aricka Sundstrom i agree aricka, we should go to the range sometime. i'll let you hold my glock. 

unifiedfeeltheory
unifiedfeeltheory

 I just wanted to chime in and let the scholar know that his pontificating here was hardly worth any self congratulation, and you're an imbecile. Not because I hate what you preach, because of your hapless understanding of the world which leads you to actual perpetuate a view RESPONSIBLE for the marginalization and condemnation of the Black community over North. Yup, you're part of the problem. With lines like " Blacks are the problem, and we make excuses for them!" You couldn't possibly be interested in alleviating / solving the problems which solve crimes related to poverty and poor parental guidance. You'r grade 8 diatribe is a tautology, it's the exact reason why we have sections of poor people in this country for GENERATIONS who are recidivists in crime like this, because people would rather blame than understand one key trend: You tend to repeat the lifestyle you grew out of.

Your bull shit is so thick you can't even smell it anymore. You accuse jesse Jackson of playing the race card, which is what you actually do here. Your cognitive bias is... impressive. By making this a race issue, you prove your elementary analysis and unfamiliarity with North Side or ANY Blacks. Like you have no Black friends dude. It's like you're just a parrot, repeating lines you have no concept of. You say "race baiting", do you realize that's EXACTLY what you're doing here? 

I deal with dime store intellectuals like you all the time, you can't even get the logic of your accusations right. So, let this be a lesson to you. don't come to Minneapolis talking this Rush Limbaugh, White privillege, status quo shit that has been symptomatic of the worst repression responsible for the situation Blacks are in now, ever since they were stolen from Africa. If you had the sort of slander you make thrown against you all your life, basing the problems of your community, your family your friends on some inexorable link to your genes, you'd be pissed off at types like you too! <-- get it? 

I bike down Penn everyday from brooklyn Center to South Side, I'm actually at the corner and Lowry at 1 am sometimes. And instead of cower out wherever the hell you do, I look the residents in the face and treat them like humans. Never had a problem I couldn't talk my way out of and I'm the whitest shit out. Instead of throw rocks from you bastion and promulgate a mentality that tells these Black boys that the community and blood they come from is tainted, like subhuman, go volunteer your time at any elementary school. Impart whatever it is that you have learned that you think makes you a responsible functioning member of society. Because you don't seem to have any clue just how devoid of leadership and guidance a lotta these kids' (who don't have any choice in being born or not) lives are. Reach one or two, and you're going to affect the future of the kids they spawn.


So before you open another can of Shit-kicker lite on your big Friday night, ask yourself this: What's going to solve this problem. Rattling off demonization and accusation of a populous that's ALREADY accepted the fact that it has disproportionately high violent crime rates among its members (any idiot knows that) or try something different? Do you think your approach, as self fulfulling as it obviously is for you, is effective? How could it be effective if essentially what Whites have been doing since forever in America is essentially marginalizing and insisting Blacks just need to pick themselves up. "Just undo 150 years or so of an impoverished mindset, poverty and self destructive views." And how the hell do you expect them to do that while you're telling them how bad they suck? Do you know anything about raising kids, being a role model, a teacher; don't you know that kicking someone isn't how you get them to go along with your plan, but instead it's a sure fire way to get them to despise you and actually discredits everything you say?

You say the White man isn't bringing them down, then what the hell were you doing in that entire sewer babble you just wrote? It's like you think the idea that Blacks compromise a disproportionate amount of violent crime is controversial. It's not, it's very accepted. Everyone well knows what you think they don't. Blacks know it well too, Einstein. You can say all you want what White Liberals is make excuses for Blacks in this situation. And some of their conclusions do exculpate the aggressors in these communities to an extent. But no White Liberal is saying: "forgive a Black man for murder because he's a stolen African with over 150 years of neglect and intergenerational educational impoverishment." No. What they also aren't saying is comdemnation, which is what you're doing. In fact, it's what most of white America has been doing since Blacks stopped becoming just the slave master's problem.  Just from a scientific, solution based standpoint, if over 150 years of race-based hatred on this issue, how effective is it for you to go around sounding like your father, your grandfather and his? Is it starting to unravel for you? Something new needs to be done. So you can stop congratulating yourself Paul Revere on thinking your alerting us that the Black community has a violence problem. We're really waiting for you to stop fueling the Black community's reason to feel like criminals, outcasts and therefore hate people who have the same skin color you do. STOP BITCHING ABOUT A PROBLEM YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO. 

I'm not even gonna get into the gun argument, lol. But all I'll say is that 75% of crimes in Minnesota in 2011 were committed by people with guns. isn't it already apparent the theory that you need a gun to deter a criminal with a gun is total horse shit? 

sosmpls
sosmpls

@Celeste Levie Every one in Hennepin county pays for the deadbeats in North Minneapolis, so yes, it is our business to "interfere".  Stories like this happen all the time in that community, and idiots blame guns instead of the feral punks who illegally obtain them.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Celeste Levie your shithole urban utopia you call NoMi will never happen. you and johnny northside are living in a fucking dreamworld. Your expectations of what NoMi is or should be caused this tragedy. You should be so ashamed

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Celeste Levie Yeah!  This is Celeste's own private corner of the internet, man!  You have no business here.

pbbbt.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Duane Atter No it doesn't.  The owner on record matches the taxpayer's name, and the taxpayers address matches the address in the article.  Granted it is a two unit, so it's possible that they were renting, but the owner lives there as well.  Anyway, what does that have to do with *anything*?

kennyX
kennyX

But more importantly, this is yet another example of North Minneapolis and it's perils. But instead of blaming the irresponsible people who live in that part of town, let's just blame the NRA and Republicans. Because after all, they advocate gun violence. In fact, I just attended a NRA meeting and their entire agenda was all about supplying illegal guns to inner-city people (in particular blacks) so they can kill off each other. Those damn NRA people! We were told that if more minorities are killed due to gun violence, there would be less DFL voters. This is why the NRA wants more Americans to be armed. It has nothing to do with self-defense, but rather to eliminate the DFL voter base. That is the sole agenda of the NRA: To arm minorities to kill other minorities. Even Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson agree! So does Obama! 

We need to ban guns. 

Gun violence would end.

Just like it has done in Australia and Japan. They have no gun deaths due to the banishment of guns! See how easy that works! Now, granted, violent crime in those nations are at an all time high, but at least it is not gun crime!! This just shows that guns are the problem. Ban guns and we will have a safer America. Even Obama agrees!

(Yet he has no problem arming Syrian rebels who are affiliated with Al-Qaeda, you know the ones who attacked us on 9/11, so it is OK to arm them to fight against a tyrannical Government, but Americans should be disarmed so they cannot do the same?)

I love Liberal (Progressive) Hypocrisy. Keep on voting for them. America as we know it will soon be down the drain. Better start brushing up on Mandarin Chinese. Soon, it will be put to good use..........................   

youstoopid
youstoopid

@Chris Beattie your illustrations are garbage. you have no talent. 

kennyX
kennyX

@Michael Lindee 

Give it another 10 years, and it'll become the next Detroit. 

youstoopid
youstoopid

@MicheleBachmann @torchmom actually, you stupid twit, PROTECT MN does everything it can to make sure scumbags who sell guns to criminals don;t get in trouble. That is why they opposed legislation that would increase the penalties for straw buyers. Yep, that just happened a couple moths ago. They don't think it's fair for Sheneeqwa to go to jail for buying her baby's daddy a gun because she already has it so rough in life. In their own words, such strict laws, "Unfairly impact certain communities." Guess you don't know what the fuck you're talking about, huh? 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@youstoopid See Aricka the Glock is youstoopid's penis stand in since he has a tiny tiny penis.  That's why he is full of rage and sexist remarks.   I bet you drive a big old pick up truck right youstoopid?  

j.reiter
j.reiter

This sentence shows that you look down upon the black community as incapable buffoons that need to be taught by white people. 

"how the hell do you expect them to do that while you're telling them how bad they suck? Do you know anything about raising kids, being a role model, a teacher; don't you know that kicking someone isn't how you get them to go along with your plan"

It is not KennyX's responsibility to teach anyone anything and for you to imply that the plight of the african is somehow the responsibility of white people or that whites need to put the needs of black people in front of their own needs is irresponsible and conservaphobic.  There are adults within the black community, for you to paint this picture that they are all irresponsible children is extremely racist! It is the responsiblity of black people to teach their children how to behave and if those adults have taught their children to be hyper-violent and criminal, then they will reap what they sow.

j.reiter
j.reiter

Blah Blah Blah... Only white people are responsible for their own circumstances. Blah Blah Blah... White people need to treat black people as ignorant children and pay their bills while allowing them to make adult choices Blah Blah Blah... I use statistics that only support my beliefs and deny statistics that discredit my opinion.

Unifiedfeeltheory, You are an intolerant jerk.

kennyX
kennyX

@unifiedfeeltheory 

Thank you for spending an hour babbling your dribble. Let me guess....You have a degree in 13th Century Romanian Art Literature from the U of M.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kennyX Racist stupidity from a bigot who is never right about anything.  The world will be a better place when you are dead.

levering
levering

@kennyX White flight...good. Get out of here, racist fucks.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@youstoopid Well if they did that they are terrible.  Doesn't change the fact the NRA also opposed increased penalties for straw buyers and gun sellers who sell to criminals which makes them evil.   Still makes you an evil stupid bloodthirsty asshole who supports not punishing people who sell guns to criminals. 

j.reiter
j.reiter

What specific fact do you disagree with? How about a refutation, or is critical thinking beyond the capability of your burnt out mind?

govuhment
govuhment

@j.reiter ARE YOU JOKING? ARE YOU ON TEAM @kennyx? You guys should start a retard army or something.

levering
levering

@kennyX I understood @unifiedfeeltheory's post and its language perfectly. "Fancy language"? You're a fucking racist idiot.

You're also the biggest problem of my race of people. Your obsession with being white and disdaining all things/people that are "black" is completely disgusting...and blaming "liberals", as if they're the only cause of the problems blacks face...you are the worst kind of human. It's wrong to even consider you a fellow human. You are completely inhuman. 

Ugh. And your self-obsessed, fat, bro-y profile picture makes me want to puke all over the place and never stop.

kennyX
kennyX

@unifiedfeeltheory 

Oh, and by the way, using fancy language that you most likely learned in Liberal Arts' College doesn't make you sound any more smart. 

David "Foureyes" has proven that time and again.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@youstoopid actually fuck them for being delusional and trying to force their values on a community foreign to them.

its pathetic

j.reiter
j.reiter

@levering Hypocrite / Liar

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