Accidental shooting results in girl's death in Bena

3-year-old shot by accidental gunfire.

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Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that at 3:54 a.m. Aug. 13, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an accidental shooting at a residence in Bena.

Deputies responded and learned that a 3-year-old girl had been shot by accidental gunfire by a 5-year-old boy in the household. The victim was being transported to the Deer River Hospital by family members and intercepted by the Deer River Ambulance.

Lifesaving efforts were attempted. The girl was pronounced deceased at the Deer River Hospital. An autopsy is pending with the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and the investigation continues.

Assisting at the scene was the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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