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Man Gets 7 Years In Shooting Of Boy, 13, At Little Earth

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 22-year-old man will spend seven years in prison for shooting a 13-year-old boy in the head during a fight in south Minneapolis last October.

Andrew Townsend pleaded guilty in May to first-degree assault in connection with the incident, which happened Oct. 9, 2017, at the Little Earth housing complex.

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(credit: Hennepin County)

Court documents state Townsend was in a fight at the housing complex minutes before the 13-year-old boy was shot. Townsend was spotted on surveillance video at the scene, holding a gun. Witnesses said they heard a man approach the victim, insult him and shoot him in the head.

The victim survived, but suffered permanent injuries.

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