MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police are actively pursuing leads but have not made any arrests in Tuesday’s shooting death of a 5-year-old boy in north Minneapolis.
Homicide investigators, officers from the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and Fourth Precinct officers are working to try and identify any suspects.
Authorities responded to the 4500 block of Bryant Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found that the boy was sleeping on a couch inside the home when he was shot. As many as 10 gun shots were fired from outside the home before the suspect fled the area.
The boy, identified by the medical examiner as Nizzel Anothony George, cried for help. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner said a single gunshot wound killed George.
Authorities have made few details about the incident public, but said the shooting could be a feud between houses. Shots were fired at a house Monday night on the 4500 block of Camden Avenue, just a few blocks away.
Speaking with WCCO’s Dave Lee Wednesday morning, Chief Tim Dolan said he’s hoping police can make an arrest before there’s street-level retaliation.
“They did two warrants last night. Literally didn’t stop until 5 in the morning — this morning — and they’ve got some good leads” said Dolan. “Right now my biggest fear is that there’s people up there that are going to figure out who the shooter is and take things into their own hands.”
Police said they are investigating whether the two incidents are related and said it’s also possible George’s death was gang-related.
No suspects are currently in custody and police said it’s an ongoing investigation.