A mother and her 15-month-old child were both shot after getting caught in gunfire while walking down the street in south Minneapolis early Thursday afternoon. The shooter is still at large.
According to Minneapolis police, the two innocent bystanders were shot around 2:15 p.m. while walking down Park Avenue near Franklin Avenue South. Luckily, both are in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center and are expected to survive.
"It's unthinkable that a mother and her 15-month-old would be shot in Minneapolis while simply walking down the street," Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said. "I am outraged that this took place in our city and in our community. We as a community must continue to vehemently reject this kind of violence and channel our outrage into preventing the factors that lead us down this path. Right now the police department is doing everything possible to apprehend the shooter."
Robert Hicks said his young daughter attends summer school only a block away.
"This is totally unnecessary," Hicks said. "Totally unacceptable in a neighborhood where there's a lot of people that have jobs, livelihoods, families. We don't need that over here."
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said the city is doing everything they can by adding extra patrols and making arrests, but "people need to put the guns down."