Update: Sadly, the 12-year-old girl critically injured while she was handling a firearm early Thursday morning passed away on June 30. The MNPD’s Youth Services Division urges parents and guardians to talk to children about the risks associated with firearms and how to behave around them.
Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate Thursday’s 1 a.m. apparent accidental, self-inflicted shooting that left a 12-year-old girl in very critical condition inside residence in the Tony Sudekum apartments. She was handling another teen’s nine-millimeter handgun when a single shot was fired.
A total of five juveniles, including the 12-year-old, were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting.
The 15-year-old male that brought the gun is being charged this evening with unlawful gun possession and evidence tampering.
In light of this tragic event, the MNPD would like to pass along the important safety tip to treat every gun as if it is loaded and never point a gun towards yourself or those around you.