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Continued: Teen uncle accidentally shoots infant in home, critically injuring him

They said they saw the man holding the baby, who was not crying. Then they heard the mother saying, “My baby got shot? My baby got shot?”

The shooting alarmed Mary Johnson, the founder of the anti-violence group From Death to Life, not only because the victim was so young, but also because the shooter was a teenager. Guns are too easy to get, she said.

“The kids say, ‘Hey, I can knock on a door, and get a five dollar gun, a fifty dollar gun, a hundred dollar gun, but I got to walk a long ways to a store to get an apple,” she said. Johnson’s organization holds a prayer meeting on the second Saturday of each month, followed by a vigil at the Cub Foods on W. Broadway.

“If we could come together and do some things together, stand up together, we could bring some changes,” she said. • 612-673-4482 • 612-673-7329


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  • Neighbors near the shooting scene came together to pray and condemn both the shooting and the easy availability of guns in north Minneapolis.

  • Katie Phillips, who lives in the Minneapolis duplex where the shooting occurred, pleaded with the teen to turn himself in.

  • “What is infuriating to me is having a gun in the house, with babies, and children,” said Don Samuels, a City Council member who was holding a vigil outside the house.

  • Young and Armed

    To see the interactive series of stories and data on the fallout from guns turned on young people in Minnesota, go to


    Children killed in Minneapolis:

    Dec. 5, 2012: Neegnco Xiong, 2, was shot in the chest by his brother, 4, who was playing with a loaded handgun in their home.

    June 26, 2012: Nizzel George, 5, was shot in the back as he slept on his grandmother’s couch by a shooter who was standing outside his home.

    Dec. 26, 2011: Terrell Mayes Jr., 3, was hit by a stray bullet that ripped through his family’s home.

    Children injured:

    Aug. 20, 2013: A 14-month-old girl, a pregnant 19-year-old and a 17-year-old boy were shot when a man approached a group of people as they stood by a parked car. He fired repeatedly and then ran.

    June 25, 2013: A 4-year-old child and two men were shot as they sat in a vehicle.

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