January 17, 2019 07:04 PM
Students, parents and community leaders gathered as the bell rang at North High School in Minneapolis. They were there pray for the shootings to stop after two bullets fired nearby struck the school Wednesday.
Nearly 50 people locked hands and offered up prayers to show the shooter they would not be scared into silence.
“You are promoting fear in some people but not all of us," community leader KG Wilson said. "We are sick and tired. We are here today to let you know that this is about the community. The community needs to come together."
Before the prayer began, organizers told city leaders who showed up about the need to improve safety on school grounds, as well as needed action when it comes to improving community and police relations on the north side.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told those at the prayer circle that he would take their message back to City Hall.
“Clearly, incidents like this are unacceptable,” Frey said. “But you have a community rally with a common goal right here. It's inspiring.”
Parents were thankful the bullets didn’t strike anyone Wednesday. But they said violence is impacting children in the neighborhood.
“When my child comes home, and I see the pain, and he's dropping down onto his knees because he feels lost, it's time for something to be done,” Sharon El-Amin said.
Minneapolis police said Thursday that they have leads in the shooting, but have made no arrests.
Updated: January 17, 2019 07:04 PM
Created: January 17, 2019 04:50 PM
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