Father Accused of Lying after Infant is Shot in North Mpls.

Updated: 09/07/2013 10:35 AM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

Infant shot in North Minneapolis.
Infant shot in North Minneapolis.

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

The father of an infant shot Thursday night in North Minneapolis wasn't truthful with police about what happened, according to investigators.

The father initially told police he was holding his 2-month-old son Thursday night on a sidewalk in the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue North when he heard a gunshot and ducked, according to police. The father then realized that his baby was hit in the neck area.

At least half a dozen squad cars rushed to the scene around 8:50 p.m. after the father called 911, police said. Officers canvassed the neighborhood after the shooting.

However, further investigation Friday revealed that the shooting happened inside the house. The baby's uncle, a juvenile male, was in possession of a gun at the time, police reported.

The juvenile accidentally fired the gun, shooting the baby, according to police. The juvenile then fled the scene. Police are searching for the juvenile.

Police believe the shooting was accidental. No additional suspects are being sought. The public is not believed to be at risk.

As of Friday morning, the infant remained in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.

City Councilman Don Samuels, who represents the area, said this is such a "depressing, awful, tragic, traumatic and totally unacceptable thing to happen."

"When 90 percent of the people of this country say that this kind of actions demands a different response than this, and our legislators cannot get the courage in spite of that to prevent this from happening again and again, I'm very angry at them," Samuels said. "I have two forms of anger, one for the man who pulled this trigger, and one for the folks in Congress who refuse to make that gun not available for him."

North Minneapolis has seen other shootings where children were injured this summer.

On Aug. 20, a 14-month-old girl was shot at 30th and Lyndale Avenues North. In late-June, a 4-year-old was shot at 36th and Penn Avenues North.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the recent shooting call 612-673-5701.