Law enforcement authorities work at the scene of a shooting and possible hostage situation in south Minneapolis on Sunday.Jon Collins | MPR News

Two young children are dead and a possible hostage situation is underway after a shooting in south Minneapolis on Sunday morning.

Minneapolis police said officers were called to the 2700 block of Oakland Avenue South just after 10 a.m.

"As officers arrived on the scene they found two juveniles out in the snow (who) had been shot. Officers then heard additional gunfire inside a structure close by. Officers put themselves in the line of fire to get the two children," Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said. "They got them into a squad car, drove them to an area of safety, and the children were pronounced dead.

"All indications are that the children were outside playing in the snow when the suspect pulled up and shot them both."

Elder said authorities do not know if there are other people with the suspect in the home — but there may be, so they're treating it as a possible hostage situation. The SWAT team and negotiators have arrived on the scene.

Elder did not have the ages of the children who died, but said they were "not yet teenagers." He said the suspect is believed to be an adult male.

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