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Teen Boy Shoots and Kills Younger Relative While Filming Video With Rifle

A 13-year-old Minnesota boy shot and killed a 5-year-old relative Thursday night while filming a video for social media.

Brooklyn Park Police Deputy Chief Mark Bruley said the incident happened just after 10 p.m. during a family Thanksgiving gathering, WCCO reported.

“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,” Bruley said.

First responders arrived quickly but were unable to save the child, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

Bruley said investigators are working to determine how the children gained access to the weapon. He said there were adults home, but that it was unclear if they were supervising the children at the time.

“Lock [the guns] up and lock the ammo up separate,” Bruley said. “We as adults, it’s our obligation to make sure [kids] don’t have access to them.”

Bruley also said that the 13-year-old could face manslaughter charges and that the gun owner could also face charges.

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