Minneapolis baby shooting: Uncle accidentally fired bullet - KMSP-TV

Police: Shooting of baby in north Minneapolis was accidental

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Minneapolis police at the scene of a baby shooting on Emerson Ave. . Minneapolis police at the scene of a baby shooting on Emerson Ave. .
Minneapolis Councilman Don Samuels sets up a table outside the Emerson Ave. N. home where a baby was shot. Photo by Tom Lyden / FOX 9 News. Minneapolis Councilman Don Samuels sets up a table outside the Emerson Ave. N. home where a baby was shot. Photo by Tom Lyden / FOX 9 News.
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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Thursday night it looked like the same kind of tragedy we've seen so many times before -- another north Minneapolis child hit by a stray bullet.

 But Friday, the truth came out. The stray bullet that struck the two-month-old child came from inside a house on Emerson Ave. N. Police said the people inside the home lied Thursday night, telling MPD detectives the stray bullet came from the street.

Katie Phillips said relatives were over to watch a football game. Her husband's cousin was holding his child when an uncle -- a teenager -- accidentally fired the gun.

"When I found out it was a little baby, I lost it," she said. "Because it's still a baby."

BABY CRITICAL, UNCLE WANTED

Friday evening, the baby was still in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. Police are still trying to locate the uncle, who fled after the shooting.

THE WHOLE TRUTH?

We asked Minneapolis police when they learned the truth about the accidental shooting. Their response: "Still not sure it has."


NORTH SIDE PROBLEM?

Councilman Don Samuels set up a table in front of the house Friday, calling Thursday night's shooting a symptom of everything wrong on the north side.

"It's about our humanity, folks," Samuels said. "Should a child be shot in the neck just because a kid can get a gun?"

Ironically, the home where the child was shot has a home security system, but nothing could protect a vulnerable two-month-old from what statistics show is the greater threat -- a gun inside the home.

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