Charges: Men shot 13-year-old in face, fled scene

Brandyn Wilson (left) and Andrew Townsend (right) were both charged with attempted murder Wednesday after a shooting that left a 13-year-old boy in critical condition Oct. 9.

Charges were filed against two suspects in the Minneapolis shooting of a 13-year-old Wednesday, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

The incident occurred Oct. 9 on the 2400 block of Ogema Place, with police arriving to find the boy lying on the ground in the backyard of a home in the Phillips neighborhood with a gunshot wound to the head. He remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Witnesses said they saw three men in the neighborhood before the incident, with two of those suspects later identified by police as Brandyn Wilson and Andrew Townsend--both of whom were charged with one count of attempted murder. 

Witnesses told investigators they heard someone shout a nickname of the 13-year-old before a gunshot was fired, with surveillance video showing the boy falling to the ground before the three men run away from the scene.

If convicted, both men face 40 years in prison.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the 13-year-old boy died in the shooting. The story has been updated to reflect that he remains in critical condition.