Police: One dead, juvenile in custody after Thursday shooting

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A 13-year-old is currently in custody in connection with the boy’s death. Investigators believe he was handling a gun inside a home with other teens when it fired.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — A five-year-old boy is dead and a teen in custody after what police are calling an accidental shooting in Brooklyn Park. 

Deputy Chief Mark Bruley said in a news release that it happened inside a home on the 8000 block of Florida Ave. shortly after 10:15 p.m. Thursday. Officers were called to the home and found the child had been shot in the head. Despite lifesaving measures the boy did not survive. 

Preliminary investigation indicates a 13-year-old was handling a gun while he and some other juveniles were trying to make a social media video when he somehow pulled the trigger, striking the young victim. It appears at this point that the fatal shooting was accidental. 

Investigators recovered a weapon at the scene. The 13-year-old was taken into custody and is being held at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center while the investigation into what happened continues. 

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