A 14-year-old Brainerd boy remains in critical condition this morning after accidentally being shot in the head with a handgun Wednesday night at a residence on the 1600 block of Oak Street, according to Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc.
Police officers responded to the shooting about 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Bolduc said Thursday morning he was not yet releasing the name of the boy and that there was no change in the boy's condition. He said the victim did not live at the residence where the shooting occurred. He was visiting a friend.
Bolduc said preliminary investigation indicated it was believed that the boy was accidentally shot. Bolduc also said investigators were looking at the possibility that the gunshot was accidentally self-inflicted.
No arrests have been made and none are anticipated, police said in a news release late Wednesday night.
Several people were in the duplex at the time of the shooting, including one or two friends of the teens.
Police are interviewing witnesses and investigating how the teenage boys came into possession of a handgun.
"We're very interested in tracking down that information," Bolduc said Thursday morning.
Baxter police and Brainerd School District officials are assisting with the investigation, Bolduc said.
The boy was transferred to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd and then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital.
Bolduc said more information in this case would be released later today.
CORRECTION: The victim's age is 13 not 14.
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