Child grazed by bullet while sleeping in bed in Minneapolis

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Police say a boy was grazed by a bullet while sleeping early Sunday morning in south Minneapolis.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, officers responding to a shooting near 24th Street East and Portland Avenue South around 3:12 a.m. found a boy who was struck by a stray bullet while asleep in his bed.

The boy suffered a graze wound to the side of his head and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center to be treated. He is expected to recover, police said.

A man who was standing outside on Portland Avenue at the time of the shooting went to Abbott Northwestern Hospital with a graze wound to his chin. Police said he is also expected to be OK.

Investigators say people in two cars were driving around and shooting at each other in the area.

Monday morning a community activist returned to the scene and urged anyone with information to come forward.

"We need these cowards to be turned in. These are nothing but cowards who don’t know how to use a gun, who are just firing into the air," said Angela Williams with New Black Panther Nation of Minnesota.

"People are afraid. People are afraid or just don’t want to get involved because they fear retaliation," she said.

The shooting remains under investigation.