By Marielle Mohs

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 2-year-old is in critical condition after someone shot them inside a Brooklyn Park apartment.

Police were called to Huntington Place off Zane Avenue and 73rd Avenue North on Thursday morning. Inside the apartment, police said there were at least five adults, all with conflicting stories about how the toddler was shot in the abdomen.

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Monica Post was walking her 5-year-old son Ayden outside early Thursday morning when she heard gunshots.

“We heard three gun shots,” Post said. “I immediately just hit the deck with him, and I kept him covered. I was like … it’s gonna have to go through me to get to him.”

Deputy Chief Mark Bruley says investigators are hitting a wall when it comes to talking with witnesses.

“They’re horrified that nobody in the house, right, is coming forward and helping resolve this, and these are officers that had to do CPR on this little child, and that’s hard. That’s hard for everybody involved.”

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Police are looking for a man in his 20s who goes by the street name “BD.” They say he ran from this apartment complex right after the shooting.

“That person is somebody is of interest that we have to locate at this time,” Bruley said.

He says the mother of the injured toddler was in the apartment at the time of the shooting, and that the gun was missing when investigators got there.

Marina Robinson lives at Huntington Place, and says she doesn’t feel safe at the complex.

“Somebody is trying to stop from going to jail,” Robinson said. “It’s never going to stop. I just want to get out of here.”

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Bruley says there has been a reduction in crime at Huntington Place after new management took over a few months ago, but it’s a building they are very familiar with and have been called to for several crimes in the past.

Marielle Mohs