UPDATE: Minneapolis police: 2 boys killed, hostage situation likely

Published: Dec. 1, 2019 at 1:22 PM CST
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Authorities say two boys have been shot to death outside a house in Minneapolis and a male suspect could be holding someone hostage inside the property.

Police spokesman John Elder describes the two boys as "not yet teenagers." He says it appears they had been playing in the snow "when the suspect pulled up and shot them both" shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday.

He says officers believe more people could be inside the home and that it "appears to be a hostage situation."

Elder has not described the relationship between the male suspect and the children who were killed. He says officers who recovered the boys' bodies heard more gunfire nearby.

SWAT personnel and negotiators have arrived on the scene.

The Star Tribune reports shots were heard shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday.


Police told an emergency dispatcher two victims were dead in the home's front yard. A third victim was in a doorway in a spot that police have yet to approach.

Several officers were dispatched to the scene and established a perimeter around the house were the suspect lives.

Police spokesman John Elder says it "appears to be a hostage situation."

Elder says SWAT personnel and negotiators are attempting to resolve the situation with an arrest and no further violence.