Police: Coon Rapids 14-year-old doesn't think boyfriend meant to shoot her

Police said a 15-year-old fatally shot himself after shooting his 14-year-old girlfriend in Coon Rapids, Minn. on Monday afternoon. The girl is expected to survive, but told police the shooting happened when her boyfriend was "playing" with the handgun and she does not believe he meant to shoot her.

UPDATE: Police said on Tuesday, following a medical evaluation and based on physical evidence, "it is likely that the 14-year-old-girl was only shot by one round" given the trajectory of the bullet path and alignment of her wounds.

Police added in a news release that investigators have made "significant progress" in determining where the gun came from, but did not elaborate as the investigation is still active.

"At this point, the physical evidence and survivor's statement tends to support that the shooting of the 14 year old girl was accidental and the suicide of the 15-year-old boy was intentional. We can only speculate on the 15-year-old's motive to take his own life."

Monday: First shooting appears accidental

Police said a 15-year-old fatally shot himself after shooting his 14-year-old girlfriend in Coon Rapids, Minn. on Monday afternoon. She is expected to survive and told police the shooting happened while her boyfriend was "playing" with the gun, and she doesn't think he meant to shoot her.

"Despite the original assessment of the evidence present, the first shooting appears to be accidental. Why the 15 year old chose to commit suicide remains a question. This amounts to a horrific tragedy for both involved families," Anoka County Sheriff's Office PIO Paul Sommer said in a news release.
Police responded the Winchester Apartments on 11291 Robinson Drive NW after 4:00 p.m. on a medical call and discovered the girl with gunshot wounds to both her face and chest. She was able to explain to police what had happened, and told them her boyfriend, who lives in the complex, shot her and had fled on-foot. 

The Coon Rapids officers found the boy dead in a cluster of trees in an area between the apartment complex and Northwest Passage Charter High School. He suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a handgun was recovered from the scene. His mother was present at the time of the shooting and is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

"Many questions remain with regard to the origin of the handgun and the motive for the shooting," Cmdr. Sommer said in a news release.

The girl was taken to Mercy Hospital where she is still being treated for her injuries. Police are not seeking any additional suspects.

Friends said both are students at Coon Rapids High School. They say the two have been together off and on for about a year and there was no hint of violence in their relationship.

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