MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 15-year-old boy is struggling to survive after being shot Wednesday afternoon in north Minneapolis. A source tells WCCO’s Mike Max that the victim is a sophomore at North Community High School and a member of the Polars football team.
Authorities say it happened around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road. Few details were immediately available, but investigators say they are looking for a suspect after they fled on foot.
Sources say the teenager is in serious condition Wednesday night at North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale.
WCCO spoke to Polars head football coach Charles Adams III on Wednesday. He says the team gathered at the school after the shooting, along with the school’s pastors and support staff, and had the opportunity to comfort each other and pray for their teammate.
Later, several teammates came to North Memorial to continue to show their support for the victim and his family.
Less than two hours after the shooting, a Minneapolis school bus driver was shot in the head about two miles south. Driver injuries are not considered life threatening. There were three children under the age of 10 on the bus at the time of the shooting. They weren’t hurt.
Minneapolis Public Schools released this statement Wednesday night about the shooting:
Our MPS community is in mourning tonight after one of our students and one of our bus drivers were victims of gun violence in two separate incidents.
Investigations are currently underway and until we have more information, we are not sharing details.
For now, we recognize the profound impact this has on our students, staff and families. Our thoughts tonight are especially with the families of the victims at this difficult time.
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