Questions remain after shooting death of St. Paul teen

St. Paul police are still looking for answers following the shooting death of a teenager whose body was found near a St. Paul dog park early Sunday.

Another teenager is in custody, but that boy's mother says what happened is far more complex than it may seem.

Authorities are not saying much about the circumstances of the deadly shooting that happened early Sunday morning by Arlington Avenue East and Arkwright Street North. Officials identified the victim as 15-year-old Angel Reyes Hernandez.

A 16-year-old boy is in custody in connection to the case. The teen’s mother told Fox 9 the deadly incident was an accident. She said that several boys, who are close friends and family, had a gun. When it went off, they panicked, leaving Hernandez behind with his fatal injuries.

A St. Paul police spokesman would not comment on the case.

Investigators returned to the park on Wednesday, where they were seen combing the nearby wetland for potential evidence. A public utilities crew also helped check the storm drains. 

The victim’s friends and loved ones have arranged a candlelight memorial in the parking lot to honor a young life ended far too soon.