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.
Officers arrived on the scene and “attempted to render first aid; however, the child died at the scene,” the Brooklyn Park Police Department said in a statement.
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 also determined the teen had shot the child by accident.
Brooklyn Park Police Deputy Chief Mark Bruley told CBS Minnesota the incident took place inside the garage of a home, and adults were present at the home. Investigators are unsure if anyone was supervising the children and how they obtained the gun.
“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.”
The police department said the 13-year-old was arrested and is currently being held at a nearby detention facility. Bruley added the teenager may also face manslaughter charges.
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