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Minnesota: 13-year-old fatally shoots 5-year-old while filming video for social media

A 5-year-old in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, was shot and killed on Thanksgiving by a 13-year-old who accidentally fired a gun while a group of kids were making a video for social media, according to local police.

Brooklyn Park Police responded to a home on Florida Avenue around 10:20pm Thursday in response to reports of a child who had been shot, police said in a statement on Facebook Friday.

Officers “attempted to render first aid; however, the child died at the scene,” police said.




Police determined through a preliminary investigation that a 13-year-old boy was “handling a gun” inside the home, police said.

“Several other juveniles were present as they were attempting to make a social media video.”

It remains unclear exactly what circumstances led up to the shooting, but at some point the teen “shot the gun striking the 5-year-old,” police said, adding investigators believe the shooting was accidental.



The teen was arrested and is currently in custody at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.