MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Minneapolis police confirm a 10-year-old girl was shot late Thursday night when a stray bullet went through the wall of her home near the intersection of Plymouth Avenue N. and Knox Avenue N.
The girl's grandmother, Monique Howard, said her granddaughter was trying to go to sleep shortly before 10:30pm when a bullet came through the second floor wall, hitting her in the foot. Howard says the bullet did not hit bone or require surgery, but it has left many in the neighborhood uneasy about how much worse this could have been.
The bullet struck the same complex where 24-year-old Jamar Clark was last seen alive. The apartment complex is just a few blocks from the Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct and roughly six blocks from the deadly shooting between two rival gangs Wednesday night. Minneapolis police say one person was killed and seven others injured after more than 48 shots were fired.
18-year-old Cherelle Lucas, who lives near the 16000 block of Plymouth Avenue N. just like the 10-year-old who was shot, knows several of those victims in the gang shooting.
“It feels like every night gun shots just back to back to back living over here and it sucks,” Lucas told Fox 9.
No arrests have been made in either of the incidents in back to back nights. Minneapolis police said a team of investigators has been assigned to the Wednesday night case and they have already talked to a number of witnesses. Police are urging anyone with more information on this shooting to call 612-692-8477.
“We will not tolerate this violence. Not as a police department and not as a community,” Chief Janeé Harteau said in a statement. “We have good intelligence in this case, we know who’s involved, and we are aggressively going after them. Although we’ve witnessed an increase in shootings in our city, we don’t believe there’s been an increase in the number of people pulling the trigger. It’s a small section of our population, and the same people are becoming more brazen and more violent. The victims in the most recent incident were the intended targets, but this violence affects everyone. Numerous homes and vehicles in this area were hit by gunfire.”
Still, the people in the neighborhood say they brace themselves for anything every night.
“I don't know where it stops because it's like where does it start?” Lucas said. “It just keeps getting worse and worse. Last summer it was the same thing. [I] can't even go to sleep at night. I hear gun shots and I drop to the floor just because I hear gun shots and I don't know what to do.”