A well-known Minneapolis activist said she is telling parents to have their children sleep on the floor to avoid being hit by stray bullets.
“Coming from Chicago, where we constantly slept on the floor to avoid getting shot, I can’t believe I’m in Minnesota telling people to put your damn babies on the floor to sleep. This shit is real right now North Minneapolis,” said Lisa Clemons, founder of A Mother’s Love Initiative.
“Feel how you feel but the pain and trauma of these recent shootings/homicides are at an all time high beyond what this city with no police can handle,” Clemons wrote on Facebook Sunday.
Clemons’s post came at the end of a bloody weekend in Minneapolis that saw 16 shooting victims, including three homicides.
One woman’s five-year-old son was nearly hit by a bullet that came buzzing through their living-room window Sunday afternoon. According to Crime Watch Minneapolis, the gunfire was connected to a shooting at the Pennwood Market in which 16 rounds were fired.
“My five-year-old was at the window facing, my eight-year-old was behind him,” the woman, Courtney Bailey, told Fox 9. “He said, ‘Get down’ and as he pulled his brother and I’m reaching for him, the bullet came through, shattered glass across his face.”