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Teen shoots self in leg, creates false report of drive-by shooting

A report of a drive-by shooting in Brainerd turned out to be a false account to cover a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Brainerd Police Department received a call of a drive-by shooting just after 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, in the 1400 block of Norwood Street. A 17-year-old boy was suffering from a single gunshot wound to his leg from a handgun. A generic description of a vehicle was provided for the story of drive-by shooters. The Baxter, Crosby, and Deerwood police departments assisted with the incident, as did the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department.

Officers later learned the drive-by shooting report was false.

"During further investigation, the victim told officers the gunshot injury was a self-inflicted accidental discharge," stated Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston in a news release Sunday afternoon. "The injury was not life-threatening and the victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. Because the matter involves a juvenile, no other information is available at this time."

According to the statement, police continue to investigate the matter and are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Brainerd Police Department at 218-829-2805.

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