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Minneapolis Girl Shot in the Head

The Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1440080.html reports that a 12-year-old Minneapolis girl was critically wounded after being shot in the head Friday night.

According to police and Minneapolis officials the shooting occurred in the Willard-Hay neighborhood, where a shooting killed 14-year-old Charez Jones earlier this summer. "The ages of the people being shot and the ages of the shooters has gone down over the past four, five years," said City Council Member Don Samuels.

The latest shooting has people concerned that youths are turning to crime much earlier than in the past. "Among the city's 60 homicides in 2006, 11 victims were younger than 18. Eleven juveniles were charged with homicide or related offenses. Among the city's nearly 2,800 reported robberies last year, more than half were committed by people 13 to 17 years old." (http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1440080.html)

As of Saturday the girl remained in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. When her family was reached they refused to talk about her injuries or the shooting.