Ninzel Banks, 5, killed by stray bullet in north Minneapolis [UPDATE]
This morning, Ninzel Banks became the second north Minneapolis toddler killed by a stray bullet in the last six months.
Banks, 5, was hit about 8:35 a.m. while sleeping on a couch in a home on the 4500 block of Bryant Avenue North.
Relative Robert Tolliver is staying at the house. Tolliver told the Star Tribune he heard Ninzel "cry out" when he was shot. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and died there, police say. No arrests have yet been made.
Tolliver said he heard gunfire from two guns, adding that people were awake in the living room when Ninzel was struck.
Ninzel's death comes six months to the day after 3-year-old Terrell Mayes was killed by a stray bullet while in his home on the 2600 block of Colfax Avenue North, about 20 blocks from where Ninzel lived. Terrell's mother, Marsha Mayes, came to the scene of today's shooting and talked to reporters.
Asked what she told her surviving children about Ninzel's shooting, Mayes said, "All I can say to 'em is, another one. They say 'mama, the same way?' I say yes, the same way. They say 'mama, when's it gonna stop?'"
"What can you tell em, nothing but stay in the house. Staying in the house ain't even good. Look what happened," she said.
There remains a $10,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to a conviction in connection with Terrell's death. Tragically, the MPD may soon have to offer another reward for help finding Ninzel's shooter.
:: UPDATE, 1:20 p.m., June 26 ::
Ninzel's home was apparently targeted by gunmen.
From a WCCO report:
Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels, who represents the north side, says the home where the boy was killed was apparently targeted. He told WCCO's Chad Hartman that the shooting resulted from a dispute between a few young people, one of whom was in the home where the boy was killed.
"There was a disagreement of some kind, some ongoing feud of some kind between two young people," Samuels said. "One of (whom) may or may not have been a resident in the home, but was at the home at the time."
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