Uncle fired bullet that hit baby

Published 12:45 pm Saturday, September 7, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police say they’re looking for the uncle of a baby who was struck by gunfire and critically injured.

Authorities say the uncle, a juvenile, accidentally shot a gun inside a north-side house Thursday night and a bullet struck the 2-month-old boy. The baby was in critical but stable condition Friday at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Police Cmdr. Catherine Johnson urged the uncle to turn himself in.

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Investigators say they were told the baby was struck by a bullet while outside the house in the arms of his father. But detectives say they later learned the juvenile male fired the gun inside and then fled the scene. Police believe it was an accidental shooting.

Authorities say they are only looking for the boy.