According to the police officials, 5-year-old boy was shot and killed by his 13-year-old relative. Police said the teen accidentally fired a rifle while a group of kids were making a video for social media during a family gathering. Police said that it remains unclear exactly what circumstances led up to the shooting, but investigators believe the shooting was accidental. The 13-year-old boy could face manslaughter charges. The gun owner may also face criminal charges, police said.
Officers responded to a home on Florida Avenue right after 10 p.m. Thursday in response to reports of a child who had been shot, police said in a statement on Facebook Friday. Unfortunately, the 5-year-old boy from Minnesota was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 13-year-old boy was handling a rifle inside the home. Several other juveniles were present as they were attempting to make a social media video, police said.
Authorities said that at some point, the 13-year-old boy shot the rifle striking the 5-year-old victim. Police also said that it remains unclear exactly what circumstances led up to the shooting, but investigators believe the shooting was accidental.
The 13-year-old boy was arrested and is currently in custody. It remained unclear if adults were present at the time of the shooting or who owned the gun.
Authorities also said that the 13-year-old boy could face manslaughter charges. The gun owner may also face criminal charges, according to reports.
“A preliminary investigation found that at some point about four to five youths had located a rifle at the home, started using the rifle out in the garage to do some type of social media type video. This is a very unfortunate accident that requires a very detailed investigation, which is ongoing right now.” Police Deputy Chief Bruley said.