BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — Police say a 12-year-old boy is recovering after being shot in Brooklyn Park Monday night.
Police said the boy was shot through the the back at Zanewood Recreation Center on Zane Avenue just before 8:30 p.m. They say his injuries are not life-threatening and he is in stable condition.
Officers provided medical aid while getting information from witnesses on the scene. No suspects have been arrested.
Police do not believe the boy was the intended target. Surveillance video shows a group getting into a fight and later shots were fired from across the street.
They said the boy is a regular at the rec center and it’s open late and is meant to be safe place for kids to gather and have fun.
“When somebody wrecks it like this brings a gun and shoots into a crowd it’s extremely disappointing,” said Deputy Chief Mark Bruley of the Brooklyn Park Police Department. “It really is the lawlessness that we’ve seen over the course of 18 months to two years of gun violence in this city and in the metro area as a whole and we really got to come together as a community and take this head on because it’s getting to be enough.”
Zanewood Recreation Center still plans to be open Tuesday evening. Bruley said they don’t plan to step up patrols because this seems to be an isolated incident and officers are around the area all the time already.