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Suspect sought for killing infant and man with gun in Minneapolis

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Police watch as crime scene technicians document the scene of a double slaying in south Minneapolis near Children's Hospital on Sunday.
Tim Nelson | MPR News

An infant died after being shot in a car in south Minneapolis Sunday afternoon, along with a 20-year-old man in the seat beside him.

Minneapolis police say the shooting happened about 1:30 p.m., near East 26th Street and South 11th Avenue, about a block east of Abbot Northwestern and Children's hospitals.

Spokesperson Corey Schmidt said police got a 911 call reporting shots fired. Officers found two shooting victims in the back seat of the car. A man was taken out of the car and pronounced dead at the scene. A child believed to be between 8 and 11 months old was taken to Children's Hospital and died there. The shooting happened in a red car, parked in a small lot behind a home. 

"This is a targeted attack. We do not believe this is a random incident," Schmidt said. He said police were talking to some witnesses, although there was a language barrier involved — some of the people at the scene were Spanish speakers.

"The information we have right now is conflicting," Schmidt said. He did say that the dead man wasn't a parent of the child that died.

The dead man was identified by a woman who said she was his sister. Julia Johnson said he was 20-year-old Gustav Christianson, of Minneapolis. She said she didn't know what he was doing in the car or in the area, but said that he had recently been incarcerated and in a treatment program.