Minnesota Teen Shot Over Fireworks

With Fourth of July comes fireworks. In some areas, lots of fireworks, in the sky and in the streets.

Apparently, a Minnesota man was so upset by celebrations of the nation’s formation that he exercised his Second Amendment rights — and shot a teen who was setting off fireworks.

Police in Saint Paul, Minn., say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the neck by a neighbor who was upset by fireworks. The teen is in serious condition, according to NBC affiliate KARE.

A suspect was arrested Saturday night, after police went door-to-door questioning neighbors. The 49-year-old man had a rifle in his home. He was released Monday evening and has not yet been charged with a crime.

A Ramsey County, Minn., judge refused to issue criminal charges against the suspect, citing lack of probable-cause evidence.

It was given back to police for further investigation to see if they can satisfy the judge’s concerns about evidence, county attorney’s spokesperson Paul Gustafson told TwinCities.com.

The boy was at a family Independence Day celebration in Saint Paul at around 9 pm, when he grabbed his neck and stumbled back, according to KARE.

A family friend with military training applied pressure to the gunshot wound to control the bleeding before emergency aid arrived.

“I was able to just take my military training and basically just keep him stable and make sure he’s breathing OK and just kept the bleeding from bleeding out,” said Mitch Godwin, a family friend.

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