MINNEAPOLIS - The family of a pregnant 19-year-old shot in North Minneapolis Tuesday night says she has been released from the hospital, and a toddler and teenager shot in the same incident also have been sent home to recover. Family members tell KARE 11 the toddler still has the bullet lodged in her chest.
Trenay Garner, was shot in the leg when a gunman opened fire around 5:30 p.m. on the 2900 block of Lyndale Avenue North. She and her baby appear to be okay and on track to give birth to a daughter in two weeks.
She returned to the area on crutches after a community leaders and neighbors held a rally to call for the end of violence in the area.
My'Khalea Smith, who is 14-months-old, was shot in the chest. Family members says My'Khalea was released from North Memorial Medical Center Wednesday. Doctors are opting to not remove the bullet in her chest at this time.
The third person shot, 17-year-old Javar Smith, was treated and released from North Memorial Medical Center.
The victims' family says a man in a hoodie and fisherman hat appeared from behind a tree across the street before shooting.
"I didn't think nothing of it until he raised his hand and when he raised his hand, I was like, run. And he started shooting," said Teona Franklin, Garner's cousin.
It remains unclear what the motive was for the shooting. The shooter ran off down the street, according to witnesses. The shooting took place about a block from Fairview Park where children were in the middle of football practice. That's where one of Javar's mentors, Jamil Jackson was coaching youth football. Jackson is a well know neighborhood life skills coach, and he encouraged his team to stop and say a prayer.
"Javar is a good kid, known him for some years he is not in any gangs that I know of. I've coached him in basketball and football for a number of years and he happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Jackson.
Police continue to keep an eye on the neighborhood with extra patrols and are following leads in search of the shooter. Officers are asking for tips from the public who may know about the whereabouts of the gunman.
"A ruthless person shoots when you see kids outside. What type of person would shoot and you still see babies out here? Who does that? You are heartless and don't have a heart if you can still shoot when you see kids out here," said Franklin. "They say the baby is okay now, my cousin is okay, and the other boy that got shot is okay too. God is a good God, he is an awesome God."
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