2 children hurt in Minneapolis shooting early Wednesday

In the early morning hours Wednesday two children were shot in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Minneapolis.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation and a report of damage from gunfire to a duplex at around 3:36 a.m. Once inside the residence, police identified and provided care for a 7-year-old girl with an apparent non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the knee, and an 11-year-old boy with an apparent non-life-threatening graze wound. Their conditions are currently stable.

"The level of gun violence in this city is totally unacceptable. We are outraged whenever our children are victimized by senseless violence. It is absolutely outrageous when children are victimized by those who have no concern for the sanctity of life," said MPD Chief Brian O'Hara at a press conference Wednesday. "We need everyone to come together to do everything possible to stop the unacceptable levels of violence. MPD will continue to be laser-focused on combatting this problem."

O'Hara said the children were inside when several rounds struck the apartment when the shots were fired, but were not the intended target. Police later found evidence of gunfire in the street and are pursuing leads.

MPD is currently investigating the incident, and there have been no arrests.

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