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Charges: Teen Fired Shot That Paralyzed Minn. Girl

Police TapeMINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A 17-year-old boy is accused of firing the shot that paralyzed a 12-year-old girl in south Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis teen is charged in juvenile court with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of drive-by shooting. Prosecutors are seeking to try him as an adult.

The victim – Guadalupe Galeno Hernandez, now 13 – was standing on the steps of a home last November when she was shot in the neck. The bullet severed her spinal cord.

The witness told police the shooting suspect rose through the sunroof of a car and fired into a group of people wearing baggy pants that suggested they were in a gang.

Police have said they don’t believe anyone walking with the girl was in a gang.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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