A 5-year-old boy was shot and killed on Thanksgiving after a Minnesota teenager accidentally fired a gun while making a video for social media, authorities said.
After 10 p.m. on Thursday, police in Brooklyn Park, located just north of Minneapolis, responded to a home in response to reports of a 5-year-old child being shot.
Brooklyn Park Police Department released a statement saying that officers responded to the call and attempted first aid. However, the child later died.
A preliminary investigation by Brooklyn Park police into the child’s death said around four to five youths had located a gun at the home, and a 13-year-old boy was handling it as the group of children, “were attempting to make a social media video.”
While attempting to make the video, police said at some point the 13-year-old shot the 5-year-old. Investigators determined that the teenager had accidentally shot the child.
Brooklyn Park Police Deputy Chief Mark Bruley stated to CBS Minnesota that the incident occurred in a garage at a house. Adults were also present at the residence. Investigators don’t know if the child was under supervision or how the gun got there.
“This is a very unfortunate accident that requires a very detailed investigation, which is ongoing right now,” Bruley said. “We as adults, it’s our obligation to make sure (kids) don’t have access to them.”
Police said that the teenager was detained and taken to a local jail. Bruley said that the teenage victim could also be facing manslaughter allegations.
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