Gun violence activist grapples with son's shooting
- Blog Post by: Maya Rao
- August 21, 2013 - 10:28 AM
Peace activist K. G. Wilson has been a faithful presence at many crime scenes on the North Side over the years, pleading for the shooting to stop.
This month, someone shot his own son.
Jimmy Allen, 19, was shot at the corner of West Broadway and Fremont Avenues North three weeks ago. Police officers found him lying on the ground at 10:20 p.m. on August 1 with two males in their early 20s standing near him. They identified three suspects – one female and two males, between 18 and 20 years old – but no one has been arrested in connection with the case.
An ambulance took Allen to North Memorial Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening, and he was released with a bullet still in his neck, according to Wilson.
“Some kids just came up and started shooting,” said Wilson.
He said his son did not wish to speak with the media. He and the suspects are black.
Wilson slammed the incident as “black on black hatred” and said he would be addressing the matter at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Golden Thyme Coffee & Café in St. Paul.
Wilson said another son was robbed and shot in Chicago years ago, but this was the first time one of his children was shot in Minneapolis. His nephew was also shot at the downtown Pizza Luce in June. A distant cousin of Wilson’s, Cordell Dalton, was shot to death last October on the North Side after winning several thousand dollars in a dice game.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a pastor, minister, activist, whatever, your children who live in the community are an endangered species,” said Wilson, a former gangbanger who has made ending gun violence his life's work.
He posted today on Facebook that he prays his son returns to the God that saved his life that night – and that the deadly streets of Minneapolis have no love for anyone.
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