UPDATE: 17-year-old Dead From Shooting Near Duluth’s Endion Park, 17-year-old In Custody
UPDATE (July 3, 10 a.m.) – Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken has provided an update on Saturday night’s fatal shooting.
In a Facebook post, Tusken says the person who died was a 17-years-old male, less than 3 months from their 18th birthday.
“Our heart aches and we extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends who must bear the burden of having loved and lost a teenager,” says Tusken.
In their latest update: the department says a 17-year-old was taken into custody around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to the Arrowhead Juvenile Center for homicide.
Names have not been released as an investigation continues.
Police Chief Mike Tusken’s Full Post:
Last night, gunfire took the life of a teenager who was less than 3 months from their 18th birthday and another teenager, less than 5 months from their 18th birthday is being held in custody.
Tragically, the course of these teens lives are irreparably impacted in a moment.
Our hearts ache and we extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends who must bear the burden of having loved and lost a teenager.
As we gather facts and grapple with trying to make sense of the senseless, questions come to mind, questions we need to consider and answer.
Why do our teenagers have guns and why are they being used to resolve conflict? What conversations are we having with our teenagers about guns? Do our teenagers know that they can come to us to share information if they have guns or know others who have guns and shouldn’t?
Do parents know they can provide information to law enforcement anonymously? What more do we as a community need to be doing to prevent the next tragedy?
In the past month, teenagers have been involved three separate incidents where guns were used in violence. That’s three too many and we don’t want another.
In Minnesota, a minor under age 18 generally may not possess a pistol or assault weapon, except under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Other exceptions include: while engaged in an official military drill; during supervised practice at an approved shooting range; and while participating in a state-approved marksmanship or safety program.
Talk to your teens, our teens, about guns and about safety. Make sure teens know our expectations that if another teen is carrying or possessing guns illegally to stay clear and report it. Say something for safety, say something to save a life.
DULUTH, Minn. – One person is dead after a shooting near Endion Park in Duluth Saturday night.
Police say they got word of the shooting in the area of North 16th Avenue East and East 1st Street around 9:23 p.m. July 2.
When officers arrived, they found one person injured.
Mayo Ambulance transported the person to a hospital in the city, where they later passed away.
Police say this is an active investigation.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.