Teen Accused of Shooting Mpls Baby: 'Accidents do Happen'
A 17-year-old man accused of shooting an infant last week in North Minneapolis has been charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm.
James Devone Early of Minneapolis appeared Wednesday in Hennepin County Juvenile Court on the charge. Prosecutors are asking that Early be charged as an adult.
The shooting happened Sept. 6 at a home at 2413 Emerson Ave. N., according to a petition charging Early. Two-month-old Isaac Early, Jr. was shot in the neck.
The infant remained in critical condition Tuesday at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the hospital. Doctors determined that it was too dangerous to remove the bullet from the baby's neck, the petition said. It's unknown what permanent injuries the baby could have from the shooting.
Early, who is the baby's paternal uncle, told police that he went to a house to watch a football game and brought a loaded handgun, the petition said. The brother took the bullets out of the gun. However, Early put the bullets back in and snapped it shut.
Early said he pulled the trigger back, which he thought put the weapon in safe mode, the petition said. But when Early was getting up to leave, the gun went off one time.
He told the baby's father, "I didn't shoot your baby cuz. I'm sorry cuz," the petition said. Early left the house with the gun, which he told police he got rid of.
Police have yet to recover the weapon.
Early later posted on his Facebook page, "I'm sorry all my loved ones but accidents do happen but I'll be a man about mine," the petition said.
Early was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 10.