Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Now A Homicide: South Minneapolis Shooting Of Woman; Child Hit By Schrapnel

KARE 11 News reports a shooting has just occurred within the past couple of hours. The victims include an adult female who was shot multiple times, and a six year old child who was wounded by shrapnel: "South Minneapolis shooting wounds two".

Two people were wounded in a shooting in south Minneapolis.

Police say a 23-year-old woman was shot multiple times just outside the front door of a home she was visiting in the 2500 block of 12th Avenue South. A six-year-old was also injured by shrapnel from the shooting. The child's injury is not life-threatening.

Police do not believe the shooting was random.

It took place just before 6 p.m.
Will post more later as details emerge.

UPDATE: The Red Star has more details:

A woman suffered life-threatening wounds when she was shot several times. . .

Police were continuing to gather evidence about what led to the shooting.

"We're not sure why she was targeted," Gerlicher said.

The gunman got out of a car and approached the woman in the front yard, City Council Member Gary Schiff said.

"Someone came up to a woman, unarmed, with a child standing by -- a complete coward," he said of the gunman. "We need the community's help in finding who would shoot someone in a front yard with a child playing nearby."

. . .The couple, who said they have a quiet neighborhood, went outside to see what had happened and the woman was lying down in the tiny, fenced front yard next door and talking.

"She was saying, 'Watch my head'," Lucy Oats said. "She was fanning her head.". . .
UPDATE 09/12/2006 10:44:23 PM: It's now a homicide, as KSTP News reports. And apparently all the attention focused on the Northside has made those with short memories forget that the Southside is violent too:

A 22-year-old woman was shot four times on the 2500 block of 12th Ave. S. around 5:30 p.m., according to Minneapolis Police. She later died at Hennepin County Medical Center.

She was shot four times and one of the shots fired at the woman grazed a seven-year-old child, police told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

"All this shooting is about to run me away," said neighborhood resident Nida Bryant. She said she is thinking about moving to Phoenix.

Another neighbor said she's counted five shootings in the neighborhood recently.
[Photo courtesy KARE 11 News]