Police: Mpls. infant accidentally shot by family member

1:18 PM, Sep 7, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Police tell KARE 11 that a 2-month-old baby shot in Minneapolis Thursday night was accidentally shot by a family member and not by a stray bullet, as reported to officers by the child's father.  

The baby's father told investigators that he was holding the child outside a home on the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue North when he heard a gunshot just before 9 on Thursday night and then realized his child had been shot in the neck.

First responders rushed the boy to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he is reported in stable but critical condition.

After working through the night detectives determined that the story was untrue, and that the baby's uncle, who is in his late teens, was handling a gun when it accidently discharged and struck the boy.

The uncle, a juvenile, fled the scene and has not been located. Although police are calling the shooting an accident, criminal charges could be filed against him.

Minneapolis Police said late Friday they have been working with the teen's family and faith community to try and locate him.

Katie Phillips lives in the home where the baby was shot, she said he was there with his father and uncle to watch football with her husband.

She said the baby and his father did not live there.

Phillips claims she had no idea anyone came into her house with a gun.

"I'm very angry, especially with the fact that my daughter was in the next room, it could have happened to her," Phillips said.


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