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Child, 2, Fatally Struck By Bullet In St. Paul As City Sets Homicide Record

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A 2-year-old child died Wednesday after being struck by a bullet in St. Paul.

The St. Paul Police Department says that child was hit by gunfire on the 800 block of Rice Street, in the city's South of Maryland neighborhood.

This shooting marks the 34th homicide in the capital city in 2020, setting a grim record for the most homicides the city has seen in a single year.

Police say a 911 caller asked for help at about 1:15 p.m., reporting that a boy had "hurt his head." Medics were the first to arrive at the third-floor apartment.

Police said the boy was taken to the ambulance waiting outside the building, but the boy died before the ambulance could even leave the scene.

Investigators said it's unclear who was holding the gun when it fired. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the answer to some of those questions.

The child was not immediately identified.

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