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16-year-old suspect has turned self in, police say

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COLUMBIA HEIGHTS — A 16-year-old from Columbia Heights who allegedly fled after shooting and injuring his older brother Monday has turned himself in, according to the Anoka County sheriff’s office.

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The juvenile will be held at Anoka County’s juvenile detention center in Lino Lakes while the Anoka County attorney’s office determines whether to file a delinquency petition against him for the alleged crime, said Cmdr. Paul Sommer, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The teenager had been at large since shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday, when the victim’s mother called police to report that her 19-year-old son had just been shot by his brother at the woman’s residence. The sheriff’s office said he turned himself in Tuesday afternoon. The siblings have the same father but different mothers.

The 19-year-old reportedly is “doing well” after two surgeries Monday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Sommer said.

The motive behind the shooting has not been determined, though a witness told law enforcement that the 16-year-old might have been “playing” with a handgun and pointing it at his brother when the weapon discharged.

Investigators believe the gun belonged to the 16-year-old and that he acquired it illegally, Sommer said.

The victim’s mother declined to comment when reached by phone Tuesday.

The Pioneer Press is a media partner with Forum News Service.

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