“It’s unthinkable that … somebody would point a gun to a child’s head,” mentioned Sgt. Mike Ernster of the St. Paul Police Division.
This scary incident occurred on the 300 block of View Street, just across the street from Palace Park in St. Paul. The 28-year-old victim told police he was in his garage with his two youngsters, ages four and 9. He just strapped his youngsters into auto seats and opened the garage door when he noticed that a bin had been knocked more than, blocking him from driving out of the garage.
Shortly right after moving it, an armed man came up from behind, hitting him with the butt of a handgun. One more man also rushed into the garage.
“At this point, the victim’s … 9-year-old daughter got out of the auto, pleaded with the suspect for them to not shoot her dad,” Ernster mentioned.
One particular of the guys grabbed the girl, covered her mouth with his hand and held the gun to her head. Her father was then in a position to break totally free and get in touch with for assist as the two guys ran away.
Police had to shut down a college in the location as they searched for the suspects. It is as well early for investigators to know regardless of whether the guys targeted the household, but they do have some clues.
“With the garbage can down, behind the automobile, blocking the exit, not enabling him to leave with out receiving out and moving it? That appears …something like it was set to get the reaction that it did,” Ernster mentioned.
Parents who reside in the location inform WCCO this is a close-knit neighborhood, and say incidents like these are tough to comprehend.
“I imply, it is alarming for confident. I do not want to hear about guns becoming utilised against youngsters or anybody ever,” mentioned Allison Fox.
Police are nevertheless searching for the two guys involved. The 1st suspect is described as a 25- to 30-year-old black male with a skinny construct, wearing a black and white baseball cap, black and white footwear, black sweatpants with white strips on each sides of the hip, and a dark blue sweater.
The second suspect is described as black male with a skinny construct, wearing a black hoodie covering his face, black pants with white logo on left thigh and black footwear with the decrease half white.