17-Year-Old Charged After 12-Year-Old Shot at Zanewood
A 17-year-old was charged Wednesday with assault in juvenile court in connection with a shooting at Brooklyn Park’s Zanewood Recreation Center last year.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged the Brooklyn Park minor with one felony count of second-degree assault after he allegedly shot a 12-year-old through the back, according to the petition.
“The shooter had been standing in the street and fired two rounds at the Zanewood Rec Center into a group of individuals in the parking lot,” Brooklyn Park Police Chief Mark Bruley told CCX Media at the time of the shooting.
Police: Victim not intended target
On July 25, 2022, Brooklyn Park Police were dispatched at 8:24 p.m. to the recreation center, located at 7100 Zane Ave. N., on a report of a shooting.
According to the petition, arriving officers found a 12-year-old male shooting victim. The bullet entered his back and exited through the left side of his abdomen.
The victim told police that he was at the basketball courts at Zanewood when he felt a burning sensation and heard a loud pop from across Zane Avenue near Colorado Avenue.
Video surveillance footage showed the victim standing next to a parked vehicle when a bullet struck the window. A second shot struck the victim.
At the time of the shooting, police did not believe the victim was the intended target.
Witnesses provided police with a description of the suspect. Brooklyn Park police also located two spent shell casings near Colorado Avenue.
Investigators found DNA evidence linking the 17-year-old to the shooting.
Police arrested him on April 25. They found a photo of the alleged shooter posing with handguns while executing a search warrant at his home, the charges showed.