MINNEAPOLIS - "We always say the safest place for kids is schools. Well we can no longer say that and that's totally unacceptable."
Those words from Larry McKenzie who, along with many students, teachers, elected officials and community members, gathered Thursday to talk about gun violence.
A stray bullet went through a window at Sojourner Truth Academy Tuesday morning, while school was in session. Thankfully, no one was injured.
"If an area of the body is sick, then it affects the whole body. If North Minneapolis is not well then the City of Minneapolis is not well," said Lisa Clemons.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says gun violence is up 42 percent across the city and up 60 percent in the 4th precinct alone. That's actually much lower than it was at the start of 2016.
"We are aggressively going after people we know are involved in the shootings," Harteau said. "I’m asking the public for help. You live in the house with these people. You know there’s guns in your home and I want you to bring that forward."
Community members say they need to unify the city to have a true impact on crime. As for the shooting related to Sojourner Truth Academy, no arrests have been made.