Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, February 11, 2013

9 year old Minnesota boy killed when gunman randomly shot at cars

It's a scary world when someone with a gun starts shooting randomly at cars in parking lots. That is what happened in a St. Paul, Minnesota suburb today. A 9 or 10 year old boy was killed after being struck by a bullet as a man was shooting randomly in a grocery store parking lot:
A young boy was fatally shot and two people were wounded Monday night in a chaotic and apparently random spurt of gunfire near the Rainbow Foods store in Oakdale, Oakdale Mayor Carmen Sarrack confirmed.
Police scanner reports and witnesses said that an armed man on foot apparently was firing randomly at vehicles in the area of Hadley Avenue N. and 7th Street N., near the Rainbow Foods at 7053 10th St. N., when the victims were hit. Sarrack said the boy who was killed was 9 or 10 years old.
The unidentified male suspect was taken into custody after multiple police officers established perimeters and began searching for him just minutes after the shooting was reported Monday evening, according to scanner reports. A weapon was retrieved, those reports said.
A swarm of investigators from Oakdale police, Washington County and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were at the scene late Monday.
Sarrack said the gunmen reportedly shot at four vehicles. People in two of the cars weren't hurt, he said.
"The police are still sorting things out," Sarrack said.
"It's sick," the mayor said. "What can you say when a 9-year-old or 10-year-old is killed. ... People here are devastated that this could happen in our city."

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