13-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Teen Brother While Playing Cops & Robbers

A 13-year-old boy from Minnesota was reportedly accidentally shot and killed by his 15-year-old brother while the siblings were playing an all-too-real game of cops and robbers. Suhayb Jamal Hassan, who was in the eighth grade, was reportedly shot once with a handgun that belonged to his father and died at the family's home in Minneapolis.

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When Suhayb's older brother first called police to report the incident, the teen reportedly told them his sibling stabbed himself while running with a knife. Considering his age and the fact that he was likely scared to death at that point, I don't feel it's fair to fault him for what reportedly turned out to be a lie that he owned up to once police arrived at their home.

The teen allegedly confessed to cops that he and Suhayb had found a 9 mm handgun in the house and an ammunition clip was discovered close by. They were curious and decided to load the weapon. But they reportedly made a mistake assuming they had then unloaded it.

Police say the brothers started playing and chasing each other around the house with the weapon. In the middle of a game of cops and robbers, the older sibling pulled the trigger and shot Suhayb in the chest.

The boys' 11-year-old sister was also in the house at the time of the incident.

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So far, police have deemed this tragedy an accident and haven't charged anyone with a crime. Given the misery that every single member of this family is being forced to live with at this moment, I think that's a wise decision.

Do you feel the brother or father should be charged for this young teen's death?

 

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