Suspect who shot three in north Mpls, including baby and pregnant teen, still at large

A map of where yesterday's shooting occurred.
A map of where yesterday's shooting occurred.

Minneapolis police are asking for whatever help they can get in trying to arrest the suspect responsible for shooting three people in broad daylight yesterday in north Minneapolis.

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The victims are a 14-month-old baby, a 19-year-old pregnant woman, and a 17-year-old boy. All are expected to survive their injuries.

A statement released last night by the MPD details the circumstances and aftermath of the shootings:

August 20, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) At 5:29pm this evening, Officers responded to a 911 call of shots fired and a shooting in the 2900 block on Lyndale Avenue North. When officers arrived they found 2 victims that had been shot. A 14-month-old female was shot in the shoulder area and transported via ambulance to North Memorial Hospital. A 19-year-old female was shot in the leg and transported to HCMC. Officers learned that there was a third shooting victim, a 17-year-old male who was also shot in the leg and was taken to North Memorial Hospital in a private vehicle. All of the injuries are non-life threatening.

Preliminary information indicates that there was a group of people standing around a parked vehicle when an adult male approached the group and began shooting. The suspect then fled on foot. There is no suspect description at this time and the motive is unknown. Investigators are on the scene and there is an increase in patrol in the area. Officers continue to canvass the neighborhood and the MPD ask that anyone with any information about this shooting call, 612-692-TIPS (8477).

As has been the case in other instances of North Side violence, reports indicate witnesses aren't exactly being forthcoming about what they saw and who might've been involved.

"Police say they were getting conflicting information," a KARE report says. "Investigators also did not know if the people were targeted or if the shooting was random."

The shooting happened about a block away from Farview Park, where kids were practicing football. The coach of the team, Jamil Jackson, told the Star Tribune that "Where I live, it's pretty common to hear gunshots in the evenings."

He said he told his players, "Be watchful. If they see a group gathering, go the other way. These are survivor techniques of living in this community."

Police say they've flooded the area with extra patrols.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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