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Bena, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Sheriff in northwestern Meinnesota's Cass County today reported a tragic accidental shooting.

A News Release issued by Sheriff Tom Burch says deputies were called to a home in Bena just before 4 o'clock this morning and were told a three-year-old girl had been shot. Family members were rushing the child to a hospital in nearby Deer River when they were intercepted by an ambulance crew, who attempted live-saving measures before the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. Bena is located about halfway between Bemidji and Grand Rapids on Lake Winnibigoshish.


Investigators determined she had been accidentally shot by a 5-year-old boy. His name and the name of the deceased child have not been released.

Sheriff Burch says an autopsy was ordered and the deadly incident remains under investigation.

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