Teenage victim of gun violence on life support, family faces decision as police search for shooter

May 29, 2019 10:20 PM

Caleb Livingston is 16-years-old.

The Twin Cities teenager is at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale currently and his life is on the line. 

His family is heartbroken by what put him in such bad condition and as a result, called on them to make a gut-wrenching decision. 

Livingston was shot in the head back on May 14 while at a gas station in North Minneapolis. It was 9:20 p.m. Investigators said he arrived there in a car with others and someone shot him once in the head, then took off.

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As of Wednesday night, life support machines are doing for Caleb what his teenage body no longer can.

"Nobody should have to do that, we don't know who the kid is we don't know what his destiny would be but I seriously doubt it was to be shot in the head and be in this condition now,"  said Lynne Crockett, a longtime Northside mother, grandmother and activist.  

Caleb's mom posted updates on social media revealing her son had surgery and somehow managed to get through one night, then another and now more than two weeks have passed.

In one message, Jennifer LeMay cheered him on publicly: "He's still showing us anything is possible."

However, those close to the family said there have been setbacks. His condition worsened, since someone fired a shot in the dark on a Tuesday night earlier this month.

While at the crime scene, 1818 Lowry Avenue North, police found eight shell casings, but not much else, including a suspect or weapon. The unexplained shooting hit the hearts of Northside parents, as they met with the assistant commissioner of the Department of Public Safety at Minneapolis North High School. 

Booker Hodges was born and raised on this side of town and presented at the neighborhood meeting.

"I've been shot at five times in my life, none of them when I was an officer," said Hodges.

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Hodges said he was 12-years-old, younger than Livingston, the first time he was shot. He understands the fear current families face, knowing that gunfire only gets worse in the summer months and most of it happens at night. 

Like Caleb's, "the availability of firearms to kids, I don't remember it being that bad when I grew up 15-20 years ago," Hodges said.

Activist Lynne Crockett vented during the meeting. 

"I feel sorry when this happens, unfortunately, there's a lot of people with guns... it doesn't seem to deter other kids from putting their life on the line and I really think it's because they don't feel valued... I think if we place value on their [lives], maybe they'll place value on [their lives]."

Caleb is at North Memorial Hospital with his family right beside him.

Police encourage anyone who saw or heard something to please contact police or Crimestoppers. Tips are anonymous and there could be a reward involved.

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