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Suspect arrested in fatal Duluth shooting

The 17-year-old victim died at a local hospital.

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DULUTH — A 17-year-old boy shot on Saturday in the Endion neighborhood died later that evening at a local hospital, authorities said.

The Duluth Police Department was dispatched at 9:23 p.m. to the area of 16th Avenue East and First Street for a reported shooting. According to a news release, officers found a person who had been shot. The teen was transported by Mayo Ambulance to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

“Our hearts ache and we extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends who must bear the burden of having loved and lost a teenager,” said Chief Mike Tusken in a Sunday morning statement.

Officers arrested another 17-year-old boy at 1:46 a.m. Sunday, the statement said. He was transported to Arrowhead Juvenile Center pending homicide charges.

Tusken added that the suspect and victim were less than 3 months and less than 5 months from their 18th birthdays, respectively. He said this was the third separate incident where guns were used by teenagers in violence in the past month.

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"That’s three too many and we don’t want another," Tusken wrote on his Facebook page. "Talk to your teens, our teens, about guns and about safety. Make sure teens know our expectations that if another teen is carrying or possessing guns illegally to stay clear and report it. Say something for safety, say something to save a life."

The names of the victim and suspect were not immediately released, citing an active and ongoing investigation.

This story was updated at 10:40 a.m. July 3 with additional information from Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken. It was originally posted at 11:08 p.m. July 2.

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