12-Year-Old North Minneapolis Gunshot Victim Wants to Know Who Shot Him and Why

May 20, 2018 10:53 PM

A family moved to Minneapolis a couple of months ago and now, they want to leave the area. That's because 12-year-old Jamar Williams was shot outside of their home in North Minneapolis Friday night.

Police confirm shot spotter was activated about 10:20 p.m. That's when Williams, his brothers and mom, Shawn Stewart, were going to a nearby store for treats.


The sixth-grader noticed a stranger across the street banging on a neighbor's door with a gun. 

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The stranger shot at Jamar: "He fired like five times for no reason he must have thought I was going to snitch or something."

Jamar's mom rushed him to North Memorial Hospital and doctors performed surgery on his knee, which suffered a single bullet wound. 

By Sunday, Williams had improved enough he was released to go home and continuing recovering. He said it hurts to walk on the leg, and that's why he leans on crutches and his parents to hold him up. 

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"Right now my job is to worry about my son," said Shawn Stewart. 

Stewart also pointed to where the round came in her son's leg, went through it and out the other side.

The 12-year-old got shot and his family got scared, "like wow, you have to shoot a little kid? That's really crazy. I didn't do anything," Jamar said.

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Latrisha Vetaw is a community leader and member of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, she stopped by to offer resources and support, "these type of things they hit you in the heart, we need to focus on looking out for each other and helping each other out if those type of things happen to our neighbors."

Williams is a survivor, and he's brave. He agreed to share what happened, in the hope that perhaps, information will come in leading police to his shooter.  

As for his mom, her last words were as pointed as that bullet.

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"We want to move," she said. "My kids don't feel safe here. It's scary for them now." 

However, Stewart says she can't work because she has to stay home while her son recovers. She said they need another place to live, and they need help to make that happen.

No one has been arrested according to Minneapolis Police. 


Beth McDonough

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