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Minneapolis Teen Charged with Felony in Shooting of 2-month-old Nephew

Posted on the 12 September 2013 by Mikeb302000
The Star Tribune A 17-year-old charged with a felony in the accidental shooting of his 2-month-old nephew had reloaded the gun after his brother removed the bullets, according to charges filed Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court. James Devone Early faces a single count of reckless discharge of a firearm, a felony, five days after his nephew was shot in the neck in a north Minneapolis home. Early turned himself in to police Tuesday. The child, Isaac Lorenzo Early Jr., was wounded Thursday night in a duplex unit in the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue N. On Wednesday, he remained in critical but stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center with a bullet lodged in his neck. James Early, who is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center, is being charged as an adult. “What is a 17-year-old, or anyone, doing running around with a gun in front of a 2-month-old?” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday. “This is unnecessary, ludicrous, irresponsible and it’s got to stop.” Naturally the adult owner of the gun walks. That's a second tragedy in this story. What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

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