MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Last month, a stray bullet entered a 10-year-old girl’s bedroom and penetrated her foot. Minneapolis police say residents are sick and tired of the violence, and a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
At 10:20 p.m. on May 5, shots were fired in the alley of the 1600 block of Plymouth Avenue North, striking homes nearby. Investigators have been knocking on doors for weeks, and cited a common theme among residents: “We are so tired of the sheer amount of violence happening on our block. We are afraid to go outside. We cannot let our children go outside to play. This has got to stop!”
"I'm tired of dodging bullets, I don't want my kids dodging bullets,” Tequila Dillon, the mother of the 10-year-old, said. "I want my baby to be at ease knowing she's going to be okay, and when whom ever did this to her is walking around thinking it's okay, she's not at ease."
Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder told Fox 9 there are people who know who the shooter was, but no one has come forward.
"This case, like many others, is exceptionally concerning to the police and the public as the shooter gave no regard to the people or property in the path of the bullets that were fired at their intended targets. We have seen instances where innocent bystanders pay the price for the shooters complete lack of regard for those who may be victims to their reckless and criminal behavior,” Minneapolis police said in a news release.
On May 4, police responded to apparent gang violence 1600 block of Newton Avenue North that involved eight victims in their 20s: one man fatally shot, four men with gunshot wounds and three women injured by gunfire. More than four dozen shell casings were collected at the scene and two handguns were also recovered. It's unclear if the May 5 stray bullet was connected with this incident.
CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter/shooters in this case. Anyone with information is can send an anonymous tip to 274637. Type Tip674 and your tip. People may also call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and leave an anonymous tip. The case number for this incident is 16-160009.