12-year-old Girl is Shot
A 12-year-old girl was shot in the head late Friday night in North Minneapolis. She remains in critical condition.
The victim was walking home from a birthday party when she was shot. Witnesses reported seeing a group of 17- or 18-year-old boys hiding behind a fence who might have been the shooters, said the Pioneer Press.
City Council Member Don Samuels said that the ages of shooting victims and shooters has gone down in the past few years. Of 2006's 60 homicides, 11 of the victims were under 18, reported the Star Tribune.
This story was covered very differently in each paper. The Pioneer Press article included testimony from a number of witnesses. The story was told through the voices of community members. The Star Tribune framed the story as part of a pattern or societal problem of youth and violence. It contained a lot of statistics and comparisons with past incidents. The only witness quoted was a city council member that drove by around the time of the shooting.